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Boys' love, cosplay, and androgynous idols : queer fan cultures in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

Author: Jing Jamie Zhao; Ling Yang; Maud Lavin
Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, Hong Kong [China] : Hong Kong University Press, 2017. [2017]
Series: Queer Asia.
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Chinese-speaking popular cultures have never been so queer in this digital, globalist age. The title of this pioneering volume, Boys' Love, Cosplay, and Androgynous Idols: Queer Fan Cultures in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan already gives an idea of the colorful, multifaceted realms the fans inhabit today. Contributors to this collection situate the proliferation of (often online) queer representations,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jing Jamie Zhao; Ling Yang; Maud Lavin
ISBN: 9789888390441 9888390449
OCLC Number: 999671192
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Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF (xxxiii, 258 pages)) : illustrations.
Contents: Introduction / Jing Jamie Zhao, Ling Yang, and Maud Lavin --
I. Mainland China --
1. Chinese danmei fandom and cultural globalization from below / Ling Yang and Yanrui Xu --
2. Cosplay, cuteness, and weiniang : the queered ke'ai of male cosplayers as "fake girls" / Shih-chen Chao --
3. "The world of grand union" : engendering trans/nationalism via boys' love in online Chinese hetalia fandom / Ling Yang --
4. Queering the post-L word shane in the "Garden of Eden" : Chinese fans' gossip about Katherine Moennig / Jing Jamie Zhao --
5. From online BL fandom to the CCTV Spring Festival Gala : the transforming power of online carnival --
Shuyan Zhou --
6. Dongfang Bubai, online fandom, and the gender politics of a legendary queer icon in post-Mao China / Egret Lulu Zhou --
II. Hong Kong --
7. Desiring queer, negotiating normal : Denise Ho (HOCC) fandom before and after the coming-out / Eva Cheuk Yin Li --
8. Hong Kong-based fans of mainland idol Li Yuchun : elective belonging, gender ambiguity, and rooted cosmopolitanism / Maud Lavin --
III. Taiwan --
9. Exploring the Significance of "Japaneseness" : a case study of Fujoshi's BL fantasies in Taiwan / Weijung Chang --
10. Girls who love boys' love : BL as goods to think with in Taiwan (with a revised and updated coda) / Fran Martin.
Series Title: Queer Asia.
Responsibility: edited by Maud Lavin, Ling Yang, and Jing Jamie Zhao.
Local System Bib Number:
(OCoLC)999671192
ocn999671192

Abstract:

Chinese-speaking popular cultures have never been so queer in this digital, globalist age. The title of this pioneering volume, Boys' Love, Cosplay, and Androgynous Idols: Queer Fan Cultures in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan already gives an idea of the colorful, multifaceted realms the fans inhabit today. Contributors to this collection situate the proliferation of (often online) queer representations, productions, fantasies, and desires as a reaction against the norms in discourses surrounding nation-states, linguistics, geopolitics, genders, and sexualities. Moving beyond the easy polarities between general resistance and capitulation, Queer Fan Cultures explores the fans' diverse strategies in negotiating with cultural strictures and media censorship. It further outlines the performance of subjectivity, identity, and agency that cyberspace offers to female fans. Presenting a wide array of concrete case studies of queer fandoms in Chinese-speaking contexts, the essays in this volume challenge long-established Western-centric and Japanese-focused fan scholarship by highlighting the significance and specificities of Sinophone queer fan cultures and practices in a globalized world. The geographic organization of the chapters illuminates cultural differences and the other competing forces shaping geocultural intersections among fandoms based in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
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