New book: Contemporary Chinese Queer Performance (by Hongwei Bao, Routledge, 2022)

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Dear all,

I am delighted to announce the publication of my new book Contemporary Chinese Queer Performance. Please recommend the book to your university libraries if this is of interest. Thank you!

All the best,



Hongwei Bao (2022) Contemporary Chinese Queer Performance. London: Routledge.

ISBN 9780367500245 (hardback; GBP £120); ISBN 9781003048541 (ebook; GBP £33.29); 170 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations.  

About the book:

In this ground-breaking study, Hongwei Bao analyses queer theatre and performance in contemporary China.

This book documents various forms of queer performance – including music, film, theatre, and political activism – in the first two decades of the twenty first century. In doing so, Bao argues for the importance of performance for queer identity and community formation. This trailblazing work uses queer performance as an analytical lens to challenge heteronormative modes of social relations and hegemonic narratives of historiography.

It will be of great interest to students and scholars of theatre and performance studies, gender and sexuality studies and Asian studies.

Table of Contents:


Part I. Performing queer memory

  1. A queer way of life: Ren Hang’s photography
  2. Post socialist structures of feeling: Coming out in global queer cinema

Part II. Mediating queer activism

  1. ‘Gently change the world with singing’: Beijing Queer Chorus and queer audibility
  2. Performing queer at the theatre–documentary convergence: Fan Popo’s screen activism

Part III. Enacting intercultural communication

  1. Theatre of Cruelty: Performing queer desire in East Palace, West Palace
  2. About My Parents and Their Child: Intergenerational communication in transcultural documentary theatre
  3. Sharing food, vulnerability, and intimacy: The digital performance of the queer diaspora in a global pandemic

About the author:

Dr Hongwei Bao is Associate Professor in Media Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he directs the Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies. He holds a PhD in Gender and Cultural Studies from the University of Sydney, Australia. He is the author of four research monographs on queer Chinese history and culture: Queer Comrades, Queer China, Queer Media in China and Contemporary Chinese Queer Performance. Dr Bao is the co-editor of Routledge Handbook for Chinese Gender and Sexuality, the Bloomsbury book series Queering China: Transnational; Genders and Sexualities, and the de Gruyter book series Oyster: Feminist and Queer Approaches to Arts, Cultures and Genders. He also serves on the editorial boards of British Journal of Chinese Studies, Chinese Independent Cinema Observer, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, the Political Cinemas book series (Edinburgh University Press) and the Queer Asia book series (Hong Kong University Press). He writes and edits a column called ‘Queer Lens’ for the Chinese Independent Film Archive.