Queer pop Culture in the Sinophone Mediasphere

Authored by: Fran Martin

Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415749428
eBook ISBN: 9781315643106
Adobe ISBN: 9781317285014

10.4324/9781315643106.ch12

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Abstract

Since the late 1980s, forms of queer pop culture have become significant examples of, as well as vehicles for, cultural transnationalization in this region. Non-straight expressions of both gender and sexuality have deep roots in the histories of many East Asian societies, but the 1990s and beyond have seen a proliferation and acceleration of transnational queer cultural flows on a scale not seen before. As a regional microcosm of the wider processes of cultural globalization, this is linked to the twin forces of the transnationalization of sexual imaginaries and identities, and the transnationalization of media, due largely to the spread of Internet connectivity (Appadurai 1996).

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