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Boys' Love, Cosplay, and Androgynous IdolsQueer Fan Cultures in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan$
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Maud Lavin, Ling Yang, and Jing Jamie Zhao

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390809

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390809.001.0001

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“The World of Grand Union”

“The World of Grand Union”

Engendering Trans/nationalism via Boys’ Love in Chinese Online Hetalia Fandom

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Boys' Love, Cosplay, and Androgynous Idols
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Ling Yang

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888390809.003.0004

Hetalia: Axis Powers (2006–) is one of the most popular Japanese comic and anime series in China in recent years. Through a critical analysis of diverse fan discourses and two canonical fanzines, this chapter examines the intersections between gender politics and geopolitics, nationalism and transnationalism, and localization and globalization in online Chinese Hetalia fandom. The Hetalia boom in China shows that BL not only can function as a tool to reshape configurations of gender and sexuality, it can also be employed by young women and others as a vehicle for political expression.

Keywords:   Boys’ Love, Fanzine, Hetalia, Nationalism, Online Chinese Fandom, Transnationalism

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