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An art ma­jor at Shenyang Ligong Univer­sity, Zhang Ci­man, 22, also helps run a cof­fee shop in Shenyang where she be­gan her mod­est broad­cast­ing ca­reer about a year ago. By shar­ing her art­work, per­form­ing songs, and tak­ing re­quests, Zhang has ac­cu­mu­lated over 10,000 fol­low­ers. Hun­dreds of th­ese fans watch her live shows ev­ery day and Zhang uses the vir­tual gifts from her au­di­ence to help pay off tuition fees of around 5,000 RMB per se­mes­ter, as well as liv­ing ex­penses.

“My mother knows that I’m in­volved in broad­cast­ing. She even watches my show and helps me deal with some of the prob­lems I have dur­ing the per­for­mance,” Zhang says. “And by earn­ing money, I feel I am more in­de­pen­dent.”

Zhang dis­plays her work dur­ing a broad­cast. Many of Zhang's fans are am­a­teur artists who use her videos for tips and ad­vice on im­prov­ing their own work

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