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Boy Love Cultures and Inter-Asia Media Flows


From: Thursday, April 08, 2021, 04:30pm

To: Thursday, April 08, 2021, 06:00pm

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Asian Studies Initiative

Boy Love (BL) movies, TV and Web series focusing on teen and young adult male same-sex crushes and relationships have been wildly popular among youth, primarily young female, audiences across East and Southeast Asia, from Japan and Korea to Thailand and the Philippines. Cinema and queer studies scholars address how each national industry has borrowed and adapted visual and formal narrative aesthetics from other Asian media and fandom in developing the genre for their local audiences.


Boy Love Cultures and Inter Asia Media Flows


Prof. Michelle Cho (U of Toronto, East Asian Studies). Prof. Cho’s research and teaching focus on questions of collectivity and popular aesthetics in Korean film, media, and popular culture. Her book Genre Worlds: Global Forms and Millennial South Korean Cinema (forthcoming) theorizes South Korean cinemas’ transnational dimensions through the concept of genre transference. Her current work theorizes the convergence of platforms, affect, and globalization fantasies in Korean Wave contents and fandoms.

Prof. Robert G. Diaz (U of Toronto, Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI)) Prof. Diaz’s research focuses on the experiences of sexual minorities in Asia, with particular attention to diasporic communities in the transpacific, Southeast Asia, and the Philippines. He examines transnational representations of sexual minority Filipinos in contemporary new media, film, and popular culture.

Prof. Dredge Byung’chu Kang-Nguyễn (UC-San Diego, Anthropology) Prof, Kang-Nguyen’s research focuses on beauty and love as they intersect with race, class, gender, sexuality, globalization, and structural violence in body modification and interracial relationships. Dr. Kang teaches courses on love, beauty, race, gender variance, sex work, sexual health, global health, inter-Asian / transnational Southeast Asian studies, and the Korean wave.


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