Reconceptualizing Minzu in computer-mediated communication

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This chapter analyzes the central role of the Sibe language, in forming the Sibe ethnic identity. Informed by Stalin’s definition of minzu, it scrutinizes the transformation of Sibe language from a state-determined ethnic identifier to a significant tool for community formation on social media platforms. The chapter reviews the history of Sibe language construction, its complex relationship with the Manchu language, and the community’s quest for its independent status. Highlighting the contradictions between individuals’ declarations of promoting an independent Sibe language and their actual use of Manchu language, the chapter explores the role of minzu discourses and the constraints and opportunities of social media. It concludes that the choice of transliterated Sibe language, particularly its representation using the Latin alphabet, extends beyond shared knowledge; it also shapes the identity of the Sibe people, underscoring the central role of language in ethnic identity construction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMinzu as Technology
Subtitle of host publicationEthnic Identity and Social Media in Post 2000s China
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages55
ISBN (Electronic)9789819954025
ISBN (Print)9789819954018, 9789819954049
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Sibe language
  • Linguistic practice
  • Community formation
  • WeChat
  • Minzu discourse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Anthropology
  • Language and Linguistics


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