LGBTQ+ Censorship in Chinese Media and the Rise of Danmei
The rise of male/male relationships in donghua and manhua has created an influx of LGBTQ+ discussion around censorship in China. This podcast drives the conversation in a different direction and starts including other identities into the mix.
Danmei has gained a large international fanbase in recent years. The discussion will follow how it is being received in China, as well as gain insight from Chinese members of the fanbase. The types of identities and relationships that are represented can paint a picture of the social climate, as well as the results of their historical stance on the matter.
This podcast gives a brief look into China’s history with LGBTQ+ figures in ancient texts, examples of how language can be harmful in terms of applying Western labels, the key differences in pressure and expectations in China depending on a person’s identity, and the boundaries of what results in genuine representation.
Skate Courduff (she/they) is an aspiring writer and photographer from California. They are passionate about LGBTQ+ activism and the intersectionality of equality. Her favorite pastimes include reading, napping with their beagle, or finding some new vegan junk food restaurant to frequent. She hopes to have the chance to travel the world and explore new possibilities of representation through their writing.
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