Urban Nomad Film Fest (Taipei) Goes Cos

My Japanese doll complex movie is playing in a film program about ‘Cosplay,’ (costume play or animation and J-rock fans who dress like their favorite characters) organized by the Urban Nomad Festival

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Let me confess right here that my movie would have been a flop without the support of Sean Hsiao, who introduced me to the Kigurumi cosplayers and the mask-maker King Fabulous; who helped me get the rights to a song by the Taiwanese band Won Fu; who provided priceless info about Taipei’s sex zones; and who spotted “hidden” online student gossip when times were rough.

And thanks to Mia Chen also for being a partner in crime in the cos zone. Check out Mia Chen’s movies as well & don’t forget that we have a big related event coming up in Hong Kong in December 09 entitled

Extraordinary Dresscode: Costuming and the second Skin in Asia

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Hong Kong Cosplayer Mizuki as ‘Marie Antoinette’ from

the Japanese shojo-manga ‘Rose of Versailles.’

New Issue of Intersections on 'Boys Love.'

The new issue of Intersections on Yaoi, Boys Love, or gay animations for girls, is out, and it is called ‘Japanese Transnational Fandoms and Female Consumers,’ guest-edited by Mark McLelland. I am very grateful to Mark McLelland and Carolyn Brewer for including my documentary On The Japanese Doll Complex. It fulfills a long-awaited desire to publish quirky and artistic types of products in academic journals.

Ting Liu’s article ‘Conflicting Discourses on Boys’ Love and Subcultural Tactics in Mainland China and Hong Kong,’ talks about censorship and shows that fans of Yaoi animations in Shanghai protested against one of the Internet crackdowns on pornography and their favorite websites.They turned an officially sanctified ’scribble wall’ into a ‘rotten wall.’

As Liu writes: “After the state launched the anti-pornography campaign in April, danmei participants turned a much bigger tuyaqiang (涂鸦墙 the scribble wall) at the East-Asian Comic and Animation Tongren Convention (东亚动漫同人大会) in Shanghai into a huge fuqiang (腐墙 rotten wall) in May 2007. Participants left messages such as ‘The party says we should build a road of tongren with Chinese characters, whereby BL is the predominant, with GL as a supplement,’ ‘The single spark of BL can start a prairie fire!,’ and ‘One who does not have danmei characteristics is not a person! One who does not have SM characters is not a good person!’

Yes rotten wall, I hope your sparks will fly right across the border… cause I have been bad.

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Blue Lotus Gallery, Hong Kong, 14 feb

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The Blue Lotus Gallery beckons you to crash their opening, sat feb 14, 3 pm-6pm:

“Are you lonesome on this saturday afternoon? Do you have performance anxiety? Have you been in Hong Kong for too long? Do you want to get out? Do you worry about your penis size? Vaginal dryness? Relationship drought or depression? Ageing genitals? Interracial gridlock? Are you in the closet? Do you have a hovering mother? Sexless father? For the Occasion of “No Sex In the City”sex doctors will perform therapeutic consultations while assisted by their/her Ball-Jointed Dolls. They will invite the general audience to a free therapy session: Lolitas and costume players, teachers and students, designers and fashion victims, femme fatales and banging studs, fags and faghags, sex workers and journalists,–come share your aching hearts in the midst of Hong Kong”

And I will be present with my doll Zaphy! See ya

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Happy Year of The Ox

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A traditional Chinese paper cutting and a gift received from Sean H.Hsiao, who writes “The cutting in left side composed of flower peonies and vases, which means “Wealth” plus “Peace and safety” in Chinese language. And that’s the popular greeting words we love to say during New Years. The right side as you can see is oxen. Ox is a very important symbol in agricultural society. Traditional farmers and their family members usually don’t eat beef to show the respect to the animal that works hard for their plowland. (Even now there are many people in Taiwan and Mainland don’t eat beef.) Ox also has the magical power to expel evil spirits and diseases. I remember when I was a kid, I took the pills my mother gave to me, and it has a funny name “Yellow Bull”. Ha~ the elder generation believes that medicine with ox name can detoxicate the poison and bad sickness. And I wish you can be happy and healthy since the year of ox.”