The 2010s have seen an explosion in popularity of Chinese television featuring same-sex intimacies, LGBTQ-identified celebrities, and explicitly homoerotic storylines even as state regulations on “vulgar” and “immoral” content grow more prominent. This emerging “queer TV China” culture has generated diverse, cyber, and transcultural queer fan communities. Yet these seemingly progressive televisual productions and practices are caught between multilayered sociocultural and political-economic forces and interests.
Taking “queer” as a verb, an adjective, and a noun, this volume counters the Western-centric conception of homosexuality as the only way to understand nonnormative identities and same-sex desire in the Chinese and Sinophone worlds. It proposes an analytical framework of “queer/ing TV China” to explore the power of various TV genres and narratives, censorial practices, and fandoms in queer desire-voicing and subject formation within a largely heteropatriarchal society. Through examining nine cases contesting the ideals of gender, sexuality, Chineseness, and TV production and consumption, the book also reveals the generative, negotiative ways in which queerness works productively within and against mainstream, seemingly heterosexual-oriented, televisual industries and fan spaces.
Edited by Jamie J. Zhao, assistant professor in media and cultural studies in the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong.
Aobo Dong, Emory University, USA
Jia Guo, University of Sydney, Australia
Wangtaolue Guo, University of Alberta, Canada
Linshan Jiang, Duke University, USA
Shaojun Kong, University of Sydney, Australia
Jun Lei, Texas A&M University, USA
Pang Ka Wei, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Jennifer Quist, University of Alberta, Canada
Alvin K. Wong, University of Hong Kong
Oscar Tianyang Zhou, Kent, UK
PhD in Film and TV
Studies, The University of Warwick, UK
PhD in Gender Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKSAR