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From Queer Comrades to Queer University: An Interview with Xiaogang Wei

8 December 2020

In this three-part video interview, Xiaogang Wei, queer filmmaker and activist, talked about his experience of making queer films and participating in LGBTQ activism in China. 


Part 1. Xiaogang Wei on Queer Comrades (in Mandarin)

Part 2. Xiaogang Wei on Queer University (in Mandarin)

Part 3. Xiaogang Wei on Beijing Queer Film Festival (in Mandarin)

Xiaogang Wei bio:

Xiaogang Wei was born and raised in Xinjiang, China. He was trained as an actor at the drama department of the Xinjiang Arts Institute in Urumqi and at the Shanghai Drama Academy. Having a passion for community work and a drive to contribute to social change, Xiaogang has continually searched for meaningful ways to share his drama skills with others and to use them in socially relevant ways.

In 2005 he started to engage himself on the production side of various films and other productions benefiting different social movements in China. In 2007, he founded the LGBT webcast “Queer Comrades”, for which he hosted and directed more than 400 videos and reached over 50 million viewers/times. Since 2010, he’s the executive director of the NGO Beijing Gender which houses the webcast Queer Comrades.  Founded in 2002, it constitutes one of the first Chinese NGOs to focus on issues of gender, sexuality and sexual health, thus fulfilling a pioneering role in Chinese society. Together with the Beijing Gender, he launched a series of groundbreaking events in China, including the China AIDS Walk, the China Rainbow Awards, the China LGBT Community Leader Conference and All Gender Toilet Program. he is also the organizing committee members of the Beijing Queer Film Festival, Advisor of UNDP Being LGBTI in China Program and 2016 Berlin International Film Festival Teddy Jury. 2013 he got the Vanguard Awards from LA LGBT Center for his contribution to LGBT movement in China.

Background information and further reading:

‘Queer Comrades’:

Queer University:

Beijing Queer Film Festival:

Bao, Hongwei (2020) ‘Creating an Experimental Space for Queer People in the Global South: An Interview about the African Queer University Programme.’ China Independent Film Archive

Bao, Hongwei (2020) ‘Queer Comrades: Digital Video Documentary and LGBTQ Health Activism in China.’ In Vivienne Lo, Chris Berry and Guo Liping (eds) Film and the Chinese Medical Humanities. New York: Routledge, pp. 188-204.

Bao, Hongwei (2020) ‘The Queer Global South: Transnational Video Activism Between China and Africa.’ Global Media and China 5 (3): 294-318. DOI:10.1177/2059436420949985

Bao, Hongwei (2020) ‘The Communist International of Queer Films: The Radical Culture of the Beijing Queer Film Festival.’ In Steve Presence, Mike Wayne and Jack Newsinger (eds) Contemporary Radical Film Culture: Networks, Organisation and Activists. New York: Routledge, pp. 190-202.

Bao, Hongwei (2019) ‘The Queer Generation: Queer Community Documentary in Postsocialist China.’ Transnational Screens 10 (2): 1-17. 

Bao, Hongwei (2017) ‘Queer as Catachresis: Beijing Queer Film Festival in Translation.’ In Chris Berry and Luke Robinson (eds) Chinese Film Festivals: Sites of Translation. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 67-88.