chapter  17
20 Pages

Beauty Is in the Eye of the QQ User: Instant Messaging in China

ByPAMELA T. KOCH, BRADLEY J. KOCH, KUN HUANG, WEI CHEN

Once you turn on your computer, that little penguin with a red scarf, named QQ, will come into your sight as usual. (You have) a long name list of good friends there. You don’t know where they come from and what their looks are. And you don’t even know their real names. However, you consider them your good friends whom you can confi de in. This is the life of the Q time.1