Major Department

Communication Studies


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


BA (Bachelor of Arts)

Session and Year of Graduation

Fall 2018

Honors Major Advisor

Andrea C. Krekel

Thesis Mentor

Tim Havens


This paper discusses the fandom culture of "ou mei tong ren" in China. "Ou mei" refers to "Western," and "tong ren" are the fan community that create derivative works based on an original text. Although "ou mei tong ren" culture is similar to "slash" fandom in the West, it is originated from Japanese Boys' Love and Dojin culture. This paper examines the globalized history of "ou mei tong ren" fandom. Furthermore, it associates the "ou mei tong ren" fandom with the recent gender studies and the changing discourse of feminism in China, and the government’s attitude towards this subculture community.


Fandom, China, Boys' Love, Pop Culture, Slash Culture, Gender Studies

Total Pages

26 pages


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