Hongwei Bao's Queer Media in China documents emerging queer “community media” practices in the People's Republic of China since 2000. While focusing on digital media and films, the book posits itself as a conscious departure from the conventional media and screen studies approach of textual analysis. Instead, the book is tasked with answering “what ordinary queer people do with and in relation to media” in their everyday lives and social activism (p. 6). As a result, the book is largely about queer institutional and community histories. One argument that Bao makes throughout the book is that these media practices have “constructed queer identities, communities, and politics in the PRC in specific ways,” in part, by mediating individuals’ and communities’ relations to sexuality, society, history, and development in the unique Chinese context of postsocialism and transitional neoliberalism (p. 181).

The book is organized into four parts, each consisting of two chapters....

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