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Queer Media in China: A Brief History

25 August 2022

In this talk, Dr Hongwei Bao introduces the history of queer community media in China from the 1990s. He charts the evolution of queer media and technologies including telephone and pager hotlines, queer community zines, websites and dating apps. In doing so, he discerns the crucial role of media in constructing queer identity and community formation and in articulating queer politics. 



This online talk was chaired by Professor Mayfair Mei-Hui Yang from the University of California, Santa Barbara, on 22 April 2022. It was co-sponsored by the UCSB East Asia Centre, the Orfalea Centre for Global Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies. 


Further reading: 

Hongwei Bao. 2021. Queer Media in China. New York: Routledge. 

Hongwei Bao. 2019. ‘Queer History, Culture and Activism in China: A Conversation with He Xiaopei.’ Made in China 4 (1): 96-105.