ANNOUNCEMENT: New book: Queer Media in China

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Dear all,

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book Queer Media in China. Please see the information below for details.

Thank you and all the best,

Hongwei Bao


Queer Media in China

ISBN 9780367279455

Published May 31, 2021 by Routledge

254 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations


This book examines different forms and practices of queer media, that is, the films, websites, zines, and film festivals produced by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in China in the first two decades of the twenty-first century. It traces how queer communities have emerged in urban China and identifies the pivotal role that community media have played in the process. It also explores how these media shape community cultures and perform the role of social and cultural activism in a country where queer identities have only recently emerged and explicit forms of social activism are under serious political constraints. Importantly, because queer media is ‘niche’ and ‘narrowcasting’ rather than ‘broadcasting’ and ‘mass communication,’ the subject compels a rethinking of some often-taken-for-granted assumptions about how media relates to the state, the market, and individuals. Overall, the book reveals a great deal about queer communities and identities, queer activism, and about media and social and political attitudes in China.


Please visit the publisher’s website for more information about the book and the author. Click on ‘preview PDF’ to download the table of contents and the introductory chapter.



Table of Contents


            Part I. Contextualising queer community media

  1. Queer community media in China: an archaeology
  2. The ‘queer generation’: documentary filmmaking as social activism

Part II. Documenting queer history

  1. ‘Documenting comrades’: building a queer community archive
  2. ‘We are here’: the politics of memory in queer feminist history

Part III. Queer screen activism

  1. Toward depathologisation: Queer Comrades and community health activism
  2. Queer as catachresis: the ‘guerrilla years’ of the Beijing Queer Film Festival

Part IV. Queering international development

  1. ‘The lucky one’: the ‘pleasure principle’ in participatory communication
  2. The queer global south: minor transnationalism between China and Africa


About the author

Dr Hongwei Bao is Associate Professor in Media Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he also directs the Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies. He is the author of Queer Comrades, Queer China and Queer Media in China.