Media Discourse of Gay Men in their Everyday Practices in China

Wang Shuaishuai | University of Amsterdam |  Media Discourse of Gay Men in their Everyday Practices in China | Supervisors: Jeroen de Kloet & Rachel Spronk (FMG) |  2015-2019

This project is concerned about the media representations of gay men and their own perceptions and identity in China, topics around this group such as safe sex, intimacy, social status, pressure from marriages and the birth of a child and the like will be explored in an anthropological perspective and methods. The departure point of this project is how the media discourse about gay men embedded in their everyday practices and how gay men respond to these discourses.

To elaborate this issue, media representations of gay men in China will be examined. This part would include movies, news report, online debates, and User Generated Content (videos, blogs, i.e.). As for gay men’s self perceptions, I will investigate their daily interactions, which include both online and offline, subjects like smartphone use of gay dating apps, online gay communities, gay bars, LGBT clubs will be explored as a whole to incorporate a gay men’s space.