The emerging ʼnational husband’ : Queer female fantasy in popular culture

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 12 - Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLove Stories in China
Subtitle of host publicationThe Politics of Intimacy in the Twenty-First Century
EditorsWanning Sun, Ling Yang
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter12
Pages205-225
ISBN (electronic)9780429275029, 9781000487497
ISBN (print)9780367224691
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameMedia, Culture and Social Change in Asia
Volume66

Abstract

This chapter explores queer forms of desire and intimacy in post-2010 Chinese media and pop culture. It focuses on the discursive formation of a queerly charged neologism called the ʼnational husband’ (guomin laogong). The term denotes a person who perfectly fits into Chinese women’s romantic fantasies. The chapter unpacks the gendered subjectivity and troubles in the public imagination about romantic love outside of a conventional Chinese-specific conjugal structure. By examining three recently emerged female ʼnational husband’ public figures in Chinese media industries, the chapter demonstrates discursive practices that constitute and mediate the heteronormative discourses on queer female fantasies.

Citation Format(s)

The emerging ʼnational husband’: Queer female fantasy in popular culture. / Zhao, Jamie J.
Love Stories in China: The Politics of Intimacy in the Twenty-First Century. ed. / Wanning Sun; Ling Yang. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2020. p. 205-225 (Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia; Vol. 66).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 12 - Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review