Activism 2.0 and ChangeMakers in Contemporary China
I am working on a book manuscript that maps out the emerging ecosystem of Chinese *activism 2.0* which traverses multiple sectors – the NGO sector, the university, the corporate, and the IT sector. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that China is a seamlessly monitored space devoid of successful social action, the author argues for the necessity of putting to the front burner the issue of agency in authoritarian countries. Laying bare the myriad ways with which the Chinese changemakers are creating social good, the author teases out the proposition that despite blatant censorship, activists in China are practicing nonconfrontational activism. Social media is one crucial enabler that provides a means for nonconfrontational activists to innovate their strategies of gaming the system.