Examining China’s Consumption of Counterfeit Culture

For ANT 265: Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture in the fall of 2012 (at Fudan University, Shanghai), the students in the class read Jessica Yi-Chieh Lin’s Fake Stuff: China and the Rise of Counterfeit Goods. I had picked this ethnography because I knew it would resonate with the experiences of the students in Shanghai, which would give them a good starting point for conducting fieldwork. As can be seen in the many posts on shopping and fashion, this ethnography was obviously a hit for the students. Here is a video made by Shanel Tage and Nicky Coutinho, which explores the role of counterfeit goods for both Chinese and foreign consumers.

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