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Opinion: In an experimental live stream to Chinese viewers, a researcher finds a friendly social space sorely needed by stressed and lonely youth

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iola Rothschild broadcast her life in Florida via the Chinese app Inke to better understand the phenomenon of real-time social media that is taking off in China and internationally. Her 5,000 viewers, many of whom were migrants, asked numerous questions, provided advice, gave her virtual gifts, and shared the isolation and pressures of their lives. "The sunny live-streaming cyberworld is cathartic, providing millions of young Chinese people a comfort and humanity that 'real life' often no longer can," she writes.
6 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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