‘Chinese Top, British Bottom’: Becoming a Gay Male Internet Celebrity in China

Tianyang Zhou

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This essay explores the intersection of race with gay male sexuality with a case study of a Chinese–Caucasian gay male couple, RMIUC and J.T.. First, it provides a brief review of the history of gay male internet celebrities in China. It then goes on to scrutinise the rise of RMIUC and J.T. in the context of expanding boys’ love fandom in Chinese media culture. Finally, building on a critical reading of online fan discussion of RMIUC and J.T., this paper explores how their internet celebrity practices serve to articulate normative discourses of race, gender, sexuality, and nation, through the creation of ‘Chinese top, British bottom’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQueer Intercultural Communication: The Intersectional Politics of Belonging in and across Differences
EditorsShinsuke Eguchi, Bernadette Calafell
PublisherRowman and Littlefield
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5381-2142-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-5381-2141-2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2019


  • Sexuality
  • China
  • Celebrity
  • fandom
  • Gay
  • Race and culture


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