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Watch: Boys’ Love Cultures and Inter-Asia Media Flows

Boys’ Love (BL) movies, TV and Web series focusing on teen and young adult male same-sex crushes and relationships have been wildly popular among youth, primarily young female, audiences across East and Southeast Asia, from Japan and Korea to Thailand and the Philippines. Cinema and queer studies scholars address how each national industry has borrowed and adapted visual and formal narrative aesthetics from other Asian media and fandom in developing the genre for their local audiences.

BL Cultures Panel Recording (April 8, 2021)