Chinese pop boy band TFBoys regularly attend Communist Youth League events and feature in Chinese state-run media. Photo: Zhengnan

Social media pushback over Hong Kong protests, NBA, and mass detention of Muslims is dividend from China’s co-opting of celebrity culture to stoke nationalism

  • Communist Party has created an army of young online warriors by using idols to appeal to them. Fans know celebrities must toe the line, and they need to follow
  • Nationalism can be a double-edged sword, however, as anti-Japan protests in 2012 showed, and requires careful management, as was seen in recent NBA row
Topic |   Hong Kong protests

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Chinese pop boy band TFBoys regularly attend Communist Youth League events and feature in Chinese state-run media. Photo: Zhengnan
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