"My Culture, My People, My Hometown" : Chinese Ethnic Minorities Seeking Cultural Sustainability by Video Blogging

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Original languageEnglish
Article number76
Journal / PublicationProceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
Issue numberCSCW1
Online published16 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


Ethnic minorities face challenges in sustaining their culture in regions dominated by ethnic majorities. With the growing popularity of video blogging (vlogging) in China, many ethnic minority vloggers are using vlogs to present and promote their ethnic culture online. In this study, we interviewed 16 vloggers on Douyin to understand why and how vlogs can be used to sustain ethnic culture. We found that both ethnic cultural experts and non-experts were involved in ethnic vlog making and sharing activities on Douyin, and cultural experts took more initiative in preserving and promoting ethnic culture while non-experts were more motivated by getting more traffic and income. Vloggers' imagined audiences included both intra-ethnic and mainstream viewers, impacting their vlog-making strategies, the utilized platform features, and the created vlog content. For example, vloggers taught ethnic language and built an identity for intra-ethnic viewers. Both ethnic minority vloggers and viewers protected their culture from misinterpretation by mainstream viewers. Our findings suggest the potential of using video blogging to address the challenges of cultural sustainability, providing design implications for future ICTs to support the cultural sustainability of ethnic minorities. © 2023 Copyright held by the owner/author(s).

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  • Cultural Sustainability, Ethnic Minorities, Imagined Audience, Vlog

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