Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Norman A. Kutcher
Margaret L. Usdansky
Citizenship and Public Affairs
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Asian Studies | International and Area Studies
Examining the sources of Internet activism, this paper first provides an extensive literature review of nationalism and the Internet in China and South Korea. Adding to Zheng’s theory of partial technological empowerment in China, I ask two general questions (Zheng, 2008; Foucault, 1991): If there is partial technological empowerment in China, what is the relationship between Internet exposure and nationalism? And if the theory of partial technological empowerment holds, how will it differ from other countries like South Korea?
This study investigated the relationship between Internet exposure and general and blind nationalism. Using ethnicity and Internet exposure as independent variable and general and blind nationalism as a dependent variable, 387 students from Tsinghua and Yonsei University were surveyed. Three hypotheses were tested: first, I predicted that Yonsei University students will demonstrate higher Internet exposure (yesterday, typical day, and long-term) than the Tsinghua University students; second, building on the premise that the Internet is tightly controlled by the Chinese government, partly with the goal of promoting state-aligned nationalism, I predicted that Internet exposure (yesterday, typical day, and long-term) would be positively related to both general and blind nationalism among Tsinghua University students; third, I predicted the relationship between Internet exposure (yesterday, typical day, and long-term) and general and blind nationalism among Yonsei University students will be weaker than in Tsinghua University students.
Chun, Seung-Hyun, "Nationalism and Internet Exposure among Chinese and South Korean Elite University Students: A Case Study of the Beijing Olympics and the U.S.-R.O.K. Free Trade Agreement" (2009). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 499.
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