ABSTRACT

This chapter examines the discourse of motherland on the BBC Chinese Have Your Say (HYS) forum. It offers a discourse analysis of forum users' narratives of memories of the June Fourth event in their discussions of the event over a five-year period. The chapter analyzes forum discussions of the June Fourth event. The BBC Chinese HYS forum has provided website users with a space in which they can express diasporic views on the historic event of June Fourth. The global diasporic Chinese mediasphere is undergoing transformation. Chinese-language media outlets including newspapers, radio and TV have continued to flourish in the United States and Australia. Instead, transnational communication in the virtual space offered by the BBC Chinese HYS forum forms a dual discourse of motherland among a group of geographically dispersed diasporic Chinese: the motherland is either politically tortured or economically prosperous.