Category: Gender, Sexuality and Culture


“Power Generation With Love”: Traffic Factory Girl and Mum-fan’s Maternal Love

“Mum-fan”, a phenomenon in Chinese fandom, stands for those who consider themselves to be their idol’s mother. Mum-fans, range in age from under 18 to over 45, dedicate themselves to their idols’ career shown through “maternal love” through various “daily baby-rearing activities”. Most of these activities aim to increase traffic -a kind of quantified influence


Sexual Communication in Heterosexual and Non-Heterosexual Young Adults: Seeking the Importance of Perceived Social Support

Many people still feel uneasy to talk about sex and sexuality as they are sensitive and still much stigmatized topics. Especially non-heterosexual individuals as compared to heterosexual counterparts tend to have difficulty when disclosing their sexual concerns due to sexual stigma. However, studies show the more social support people have, the more likely they are


(En)Gendering Colonial Masculinities in Rabindranath Tagore’s Novels

Colonial India of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was a period of monumental changes. The nation’s tryst with imperialism propelled a socio-cultural upheaval that impacted the affairs of the private and the public alike. Nevertheless, the repercussions were not homogenously experienced by all. The nation’s men were confronted with a public overridden with


The Exchange of Men in Mary Chin’s ‘The Woman in Kenzo’

The Woman in Kenzo is a Hong Kong popular fiction written by Mary Chin. It was first serialized in City Magazine in 1977. Its debut appearance in this forerunner of local lifestyle magazine and the inclusion of a luxury fashion brand in the title make apparent of the novel’s depiction of consumer culture and the


From Gender Binary to Diversity: The Image of the Prophet in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America as a Stimulus to Discuss Gender Issues in Catholic Theology

A theatrical play Angels in America. A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by an American playwright Tony Kushner was broadcast in 60 countries and 2500 cinemas around the world at the National Theatre Live Edition in 2017. The main character, Prior Walter, who suffers from AIDS, is a young New Yorker and a gay. The


A Shifting Gender Regime in Contemporary China? Fans’ Queer Readings of the Film Ne Zha

The animation film Ne Zha was a hit in the summer of 2019 in Chinese cyberspace. The film generated a lot discussion and user generated content from online fans. This is due largely to the film’s nuanced depiction of the relationship between its protagonist Ne Zha and his friend/enemy, Ao Bing. The homosocial/homoerotic undertone in