6. Relational Acts and Identity Construction by Chinese Celebrities on Weibo
Doreen D. Wu [+]
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Minfen Lin [+]
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Doreen Wu and Minfen Lin examine the types of facework made possible by the Chinese celebrities in the performance of various kinds of relational acts on Sina Weibo, the leading Social Network Service Site (SNS) in the Cultural China region. They argue that the reputable individuals used these relational acts as well as related features to build relational connectedness with their followers. They discover that such SNSs have formed a new literary practice that reflects both traditional and new ways of constructing facework (see Davies 2012; Wu and Feng 2015; Zhao, Grasmuck and Marin 2008).