Fandom-Transcultural desires and lesbian fandom: Takarazuka revue in Taiwan

Lucetta Y. L. Kam*

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Abstract

The emergence of fan communities of popular culture in the cyberspace and through mobile technologies highlights the transnational and transcultural flows of cultural production and circulation. Sinophone fan communities constitute a major deterritorialized network of cultural production and consumption in and outside Asia. The new wave of popularity of Takarazuka Revue in Taiwan after 2000 shows how fandom is inaugurated by the colonial legacy and the postcolonial present where cultural production and consumption are not tied to national identities and boundaries. Taiwan has a long history of fandom of Takarazuka Revue. The queer readings and pleasures of Takarazuka, as produced and enjoyed by lesbian fans, result from the queer potentials of the texts—which include the performances, the image of top stars and the manufacturing of star personality off stage—and the reading strategies of fans. Takarazuka has been widely regarded and understood as a highly heterosexual cultural text and organization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKeywords in Queer Sinophone Studies
EditorsHoward Chiang, Alvin K. Wong
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Chapter7
Pages132-152
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780429275890
ISBN (Print)9780367226039, 9781032236803
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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