Jack’d, Douban Group, and Feizan.com: The Impact of Cyberqueer Techno-Practice on the Chinese Gay Male Experience

Tianyang Zhou

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Abstract

This study examines the interaction between cyberqueer techno-practice and offline gay male experiences, thereby exploring how information and communication technologies (ICTs) interact with gay male culture in contemporary China. ‘Cyberqueer techno-practice’ is used here as an umbrella term to refer to the ‘usage of new ICT for gay related purpose’. Mixed research methods, through a combination of online surveys, semi-structured interviews, and online observations, are used to capture the interconnectedness between online and offline practices of Chinese gay men. I argue that cyberqueer techno-practices play a vitally important role in Chinese gay male culture, which greatly contribute to self-representation, community-building, and erotic practices. However, these ‘achievements’ have been heavily relying on queer economic power because of a lack of civil and political space in the Chinese context. People need to be watchful of a possible neo-liberalist colonialisation of the Chinese gay male community that appears under the somewhat romanticised guise of a rainbow.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring Erotic Encounters The Inescapable Entanglement of Tradition, Transcendence and Transgression
PublisherBrill
Pages27–43
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-38229-9
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-35075-5
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Gay
  • Sexuality
  • Community
  • Media
  • ICTs

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