Feminist and Queer Media in China
Digitized Engagements: Feminist and Queer Media Activism in China
In the last decade, aided by the development of communication technologies, feminist and queer media activists in China have been using a variety of modalities, such as documentary workshops, film festivals, online campaigns, webcasts, webzines and so on, to promote sexual and gender diversity. In this process, digital technology has played an unprecedented role in assembling nüquan (feminist) or ku'er (queer) discourses and practices in community building, public education and advocacy.
Despite the significant growth of feminist and queer media discourses and practices in China for more than ten years, not much has been written about this subject. The reason for such under-exploration is twofold. On the one hand, while many studies have explored how digital technology has influenced the production, circulation, and consumption of feminist and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) media in North America, Europe and other Asian contexts, the research on feminist and queer media in China is disproportionally small. On the other hand, although research on communication technologies in China, particularly Internet activism, has flourished considerably, the issues of gender and sexuality remain marginalized. Intersecting feminist and queer media studies and studies on communication technologies in China, this project aims to examine how digital technology informs the development of feminist and queer activism in China, and, at the same time, how alternative media practices attuned to gender and sexuality issues can shed light on the feminist and queer appropriation of digital technology.
Drawing from semi-structured interviews with various feminist and queer media practitioners, analysis of key events and media productions, participatory observation, as well as documents from relevant organizations, this project will analyze the convergence of digital media and feminist and queer activism in China. Ultimately, the project will generate a scholarly understanding of how digital technology informs the development of feminist and queer activism in China.
This site is one of the outcomes of the project and serves as a bilingual online database for archiving feminist and queer media activism, providing useful information for the general public in China and Hong Kong.
Site Navigation and Description 網站導航及介紹
This website divides the feminist and queer events and organizations related to media into three categories: Feminism/Gender and Media; Youth Feminist Action School (YFAS); Queer and Media. "Feminism/Gender and Media" is about the development of feminism in China since 1990’s and lists the events and organizations relevant to feminism/gender and media. "Youth Feminist Action School (YFAS)" introduces the new generation of feminists and the new wave of feminist activism in China, and chronicles the landmark feminist events since 2012. "Queer and Media" is about the development of LGBT movements in China since 2000 and lists the media-related events and organizations. A bibliography of references and further academic reading pertaining to both feminist and queer media activism is located in the section of "Selected Bibliography". The "Other Links" section refers visitors to additional sources on the feminist and queer movements in China.