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Food-related Yangsheng short videos among the retired population in Shanghai

Lo, V; Wang, X; (2019) Food-related Yangsheng short videos among the retired population in Shanghai. In: Lo, V and Berry, C and Liping, G, (eds.) Film and the Chinese Medical Humanities. (pp. 226-240). Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Despite an emerging and significant impact upon daily life, health, and self-care in China, the popularity of smartphone-based short videos (duan shipin短视频) has not yet drawn enough attention from either anthropological study or the study of Medical Humanities. The research of this chapter is part of an ongoing long-term (Feb 2018–June 2019) ethnographic research among the retired population in Shanghai, with a specific focus on the use of short videos and their influence and potential for influence upon everyday health and self-care. Along with this development in digital technology, there is an ever-growing and ever-richening visual language among the elderly in mainland China. Given the challenges that China faces with its ageing population and the breakdown of the family as the unit of care, understanding what sorts of clips are more likely to be watched and understood and circulated, and why, becomes critical. This chapter argues that how the combination of the topic, the viewer, the properties of the clip itself, and how they interact requires greater investment from the field of health-related communication.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Food-related Yangsheng short videos among the retired population in Shanghai
ISBN-13: 9781138580299
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9780429507465
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429507465
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10085482
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