Transmedia Non-Fiction in China: Mapping the Transmediality of “Yiyi”, the Youngest Survivor of the 2011 Wenzhou Train Crash

Jenna Pei-Suin Ng, Shen Jiang

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This chapter discusses transmedia non-fiction as a spectrum of alignment with the actualities of our “real” world. As a case study, we analyse the story of Yiyi, the youngest survivor of the 2011 Wenzhou Train Collision disaster in China, by tracking it across television news, newspaper articles and Weibo, and discussing it as mapped against Henry Jenkins’s seven principles of transmedia experience. In view of Weibo’s role, we further propose longevity of story as an additional and unique principle for transmedia non-fiction. In the process, we reflect on transmedia non-fiction in Asia, particularly in controlled regimes, where transmedia is more than the promulgation of the narrative, but also helps to mirror “real” life and rationalize and voice emotions in the face of national tragedy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransmedia in Asia and the Pacific
Subtitle of host publicationIndustry, Practice, and Transcultural Dialogues
EditorsCelia Lam, Filippo Gilardi
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2021

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