RTUCN is the
acronym of Robotech Union @ China .
Internet Website Address is http://
founded on Jan.24.2001 by kiki
with M.D.'s organization. Initially the purpose of our union was to provide Chinese Robotech fans a forum, which was shared by several Chinese Robotech fansites. Soon it became the largest Robotech community in China. As our community grew, RTUCN incorporated the contents from some Chinese fansites and its own website was set up by Wasserbogen in 2002. Since the very beginning, RTUCN has dedicated itself to provide the news and information of Robotech Universe to Chinese Robotech fans, and also served as a window of the community.
RTUCN is the base where we continue our dreams. We are calling for all the fans joining together, to share the same dreams and love of Robotech.
RTUCN WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY
by Liz Kao-Chyi (a.k.a. kiki)
Back in the year 2000, the first Chinese Robotech fan-pages were quietly
being set up.
In the spring a university student, Chenlee, opened his homepage, which was
part of a computer game design course project. It surprisingly contained a
four-page-introduction on Robotech. And at almost the same time, a young
girl called Khyron, also finished her fan-page called "warlord Khyron".
These two early reminders of the longtime Chinese Robotech series, caught
the eye of fans who still held onto fading memories of their beloved Taikong
Baolei (Robotech). This also marked the beginning of a mission to gather
all the Robotech fans in the country together to share their memories and
Fans were excited that their vague dreams of the inter-galactic love and war
epic were becoming clear again. Among them there was a girl who decided to
construct an informative site on Robotech. After her hard-work during the
entire summer holiday, 'kiki's China Roboclub' was put online. It turned out
to be the first comprehensive Chinese Robotech site.
Soon after, kiki's site proved itself a success. Almost 200 people had
subscribed to its mailing list by the end of 2000. Her site soon needed a
discussion board. While kiki's site was expanding, more than 10 new Chinese
Robotech related fan-sites appeared, and the animation was also re-aired on
several local TV channels. A friend of kikis', M.D. who was the webmaster of
R&M, suggested that in order to unite all the Robotech fans in China a
forum should be set up and shared by all the Chinese fan-sites.
M.D.contacted all the fan-sites, and persuaded most of them to join kiki's
forum project. And on January 24th, 2001, the forum 'Robotech Union At
China' ,which was shared by nine Chinese Robotech related fan-sites, was
opened. This was a milestone for the Robotech fandom in China.
A fan community started to materialize. In its early stage, the community
gathered many devoted fans who shared their fan-arts and fan-fics. Six
months after the start of this community the first Robotech get-together was
held. Wasserbogen, one of the initiators of the first Chinese Robotech fan
gathering, started to devote her talent to RTUCN as well as promoting the
great animated series Taikong Baolei (Robotech) in China.
For various reasons by the end of 2001, several fan-sites including kiki's
that had joined the Union ceased to update their sites. Some site-owners
even hoped RTUCN could inherit the collections and contents of their sites.
There was also a request by many community members that they wanted to read
the information provided by Robotech.com in Chinese. Thus, the website RTUCN
began the construction of a best site to Chinese fans.
Initially Wasserbogen did the arduous work almost by herself. Everyone was
amazed at her elaborate work when she finished the schematic design of the
new website. In order to make the content rich and informative, a team was
organized to translate the official materials from Robotech.com. Another
team carried on the task to collect the fan-works that had been submitted to
the forum. And two diligent girls ,Wasserbogen and kiki, compiled many
valuable Robotech resources which were scattered throughout the Union's
fan-sites. The working teams consisted of zealot Robotech fans from the
community. Most of them later became kernel members of the Union, and have
been working for Chinese Robotech fans voluntarily.
The website came out shortly after RTUCN's one year anniversary. From the
very beginning, it was made by fans for fans. As the community steadily grew
larger, the Union decided to focus on Robotech's revival in China. The
series had earned its fame and glory among the children of the early 1990's,
now it needed to be recognized by the younger demographic who often took
Taikong Baolei as an awkward Chinese version of the 'SDF Macross'.
Compared with the video resources, Jack McKinny's Robotech novels were easy
to access in China. Though the novels were written in English, some
community members were able to read them. The Union encouraged them to
discuss the novels and translate the chapters which they recommended. After
reading some sample Chinese translations, SFW-CD, the largest SF/Fantasy
book distributor in China, informed the Union they had reserved the rights
to the books and had decided to produce all the Robotech novels in Chinese.
Later they made RTUCN the Chinese Robotech novels designated website, and
the official discussion board.
One kernel member Johnny (a.k.a AFU) planned and contributed a series of
Robotech reviews and articles under the Unions name. Several mainstream
magazines adopted and published these reviews. With this mainstream exposure
RTUCN saw an increase in the number of registered users, along with an
increase in fan fics and art.
To celebrate RTUCN's second anniversary, a one-month Internet activity for
the community was held. It was called 'the Launching Festival' and the theme
was - 'Robotech Verse Contest & Prose Solicit'. 'The Launching Festival' was
welcomed by all the Robotech fans. It was a good chance to display their
talents and devotion to their beloved animation. Nearly one hundred entries
were received during the festival, and more than ten were awarded. The
response from the community was great and one of the prose even said: "'The
Launching Festival' is such a unique activity, totally a carnival full of
surprises and pleasantries for all Robotech fans".
RTUCN development wasn't completely problem free. It had endured some
low-points in its development, like a disrupt crisis and database lost, but
the greatest fans always had faith in the Union and Robotech. They were
always willing to do things for the community. By the end of the 2nd
Launching Festival, the Union compiled a Robotech fan music CD to thank all
the great fans' for their support. It couldn't have been possible without all
those dedicated people, and their common love for this inter-stellar epic.
And now, it is time for the Union to acknowledge to the whole world all these
great Robotech fans in this ancient country! We will continue to strive
together to improve our sharing community!