Carman K. M. Fung1, Michaela Luschmann1, Patrick Murphy1, Ana Dragojlovic1
1University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia
Chair: Carman K.M. Fung
From the Japanese salaryman, the ‘spornosexual’, to the “pan-Asian soft masculinity” (Jung 2009), there is little doubt that across East Asian media representations have brought attention to an ongoing shift in the ways masculinity is conceptualised, spoken of, and practiced. Changes in how masculinities are negotiated are becoming more and more salient across media and public discourses. This panel takes on the ideas of gender and sexuality, exploring the manners in which they are reinforced, contested, and/or imagined through media, stereotypes, and identity politics in the Japanese and Chinese (China, Taiwan and Hong Kong) contexts.
Each of these papers take different approaches to question and disrupt ideas of hegemonic masculinity, by exploring the ways that multiple masculinities function in society, while also calling into question heteronormative structures that are prevalent across cultures. Through interviews around performance and identity, critical discourse analysis of love advice, as well as multimodal analysis of productions of ideologies in pornographic media, this panel explores the working of ideology and discourse in the production of masculinities and sexuality in these regions.
Jung, Sun. 2009. “The Shared Imagination of Bishönen, Pan-East Asian Soft Masculinity.” Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia 20.