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.


Kyoto Doll Museum: Tenshi No Sato

We are planning a visit to Kyoto in May to visit the museum of SD (Superdolfie) dolls that belongs to the company Volks.  Those dolls are a high-class brand and made for adults, though meanwhile there are other and more affordable ball-jointed dolls made in China and Korea.  But Japan and Volks seem to have ultimate power over designing this type of doll and its fandom. One has to make a reservation to visit the museum and no photography is allowed. It is assumed that people will bring along their SD dolls, but I am not sure how they would react if I bring my Korean doll. To get an understanding of how Chinese people use and photograph those dolls, you can watch my shortfilm On the Japanese Doll Complex.