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.
We used doctor doll to talk to people in a secluded room and also had a live transmission of the sessions in the Blue Lotus gallery, where the audience was watching. Some people shared their fantasies, but many testified that they never masturbate or are virgins or just too busy to have sex. Yes it is the same old story again. I tend to think that the sex drive is a robust force, and that it will simply happen despite cultural inhibitions and mundane annoyances. But it is not. Hong Kong people testified and totally demystified the notion of a universal sex drive. At least doctor doll is still in business then.
It was an ecstatic walk at first since I can hike again after the motorbike accident in Vietnam. Then I felt regrets in the middle of it and thought that I had made a big mistake. Finally I was greeted by a lonely buffalo on Pui O beach–after it was all over.
I visited Cheung Chau island more or less a year ago, right after the Chinese new year of 2008. It was cold and the red lanterns were still out. Since I moved to Hong Kong in 2005, I have hiked around on many of its beaches, hills and islands. I enjoy the process of slowly changing into a different person, getting high on the senses. It becomes a kind of floating that complements the neurotic-obsessive energy of Hong Kong, and my own, or can push it in the right direction. And yes, Hong Kong’s islands are very charming and yet unassuming. The food on Cheung Chau island is amazing and can be divided in old style Chinese and new Asian fusion, as my students documented in their video projects. There is even an old lady selling single pieces of sushi. I recommend a day of whirling around on Cheung Chau’s hills and beaches, a food fest in the outdoors, and a stay in the Warwick hotel:
Cheung Chau island