The "Aroma of Citrus" as Transnational Queer Digital Culture : Girls' Love Webtoons in Contemporary China

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Journal / PublicationCommunication, Culture and Critique
Online published27 Mar 2024
Publication statusOnline published - 27 Mar 2024


This commentary focuses on a rising transnational queer Chinese digital culture—Girls’ Love (GL) webtoons. I consider this queer women-focused entertainment as an epitome of the queer convergence of transnational flows, women’s cultures, and digital platform technologies in today’s Asia. My discussion sheds light on its multilayered queer-transnational characteristics, as well as the controversies surrounding its transcultural mediation of queer women. Rather than simplifying it as an anti-heterocentric Chinese convergence culture in an age of globalization and digitization, I highlight GL webtoons’ role in stimulating various voices concerning women during transnational encounters of gender and sexual knowledge. © The Author(s) 2024.

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  • Girls’ Love (GL), queer China, transnational, webtoons