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    Crossing swords and cutting sleeves: The cross-cultural impact of Chinese fandom fan fiction on Asian American youths

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    Chinese dramas such as The Untamed and other popular media productions have opened further discussions about China’s cultural impact outside its national borders. With the increasing visibility of Chinese pop culture on the international market, more and more Chinese Americans have entered into a variety of cultural and national exchanges through their interactions with Chinese media and its subsequent fan productions, such as English-language fan fiction inspired by non-English productions

    Predatory seduction: Scenting as a catalyst for power hierarchy in omegaverse fan fiction

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    This article expands on previous scholarship on the subject of social power in the Omegaverse fan fiction genre and how its often unequal distribution can be used as a metric for the various community perspectives on power. I examine how the wolfish trait of scenting (produced by extra olfactory glands) can be read to reinforce roles of predator and prey within the genre using examples from the popular Teen Wolf fandom. While some Omegaverse fics might use the animal traits, such as scenting, to manufacture predatory relationships for purposes beyond social commentary, there is overwhelming evidence in the more popular fics to support a more critical examination within the community of the power hierarchies they interact with

    Warhammer fandom in China: A brief introduction

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    Warhammer is a UK tabletop war game that was introduced to China in the twenty-first century. Its fan culture in China is different from that in the UK and is shaped by a combination of limited personal income, the development of digital technology, media censorship, and nationalist sentiment

    Best TV show you have never seen: Maintaining collective identity among the Twitter fandom of Chinese dangai drama Immortality

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    In recent years, Chinese web dramas based on danmei/boys' love novels have gained considerable popularity among English-speaking fandoms inhabiting social media platforms such as Twitter. However, with the current tightening of Chinese censorship on nonheterosexual content portrayed in media, many TV series have been indefinitely shelved, including the already filmed Immortality (n.d.). Despite this abrupt development, the Immortality fandom continues to engage in numerous activities with the purpose of maintaining unity and continuous interest in the series. Through becoming active promoters of other elements of Immortality's transmedia universe and partaking in behaviors meant to establish their superiority over other fandoms, fandom members invoke genuine feelings of belonging and fulfillment. Additionally, this behavior indicates fans' reluctance to part with the established online community and its activities due to the degree of emotional fulfillment found not only in the collective consumption of Immortality but perhaps more so the lack thereof

    Special issue on Chinese fandoms: Prosumers, communities, and identities

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    Editorial for "Chinese Fandoms," edited by Zhen Troy Chen and Celia Lam, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 41 (December 15, 2023)

    Motivations for nostalgia in the Nintendo fandom

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    Nintendo's presence in games culture is pervasive and influential, with a history of success in the Eastern and Western markets and a fanbase that spans different generations of players. While works about the fandoms of Nintendo-owned franchises exist, less is known about those who are fans of the company itself, without a necessary attachment to a particular intellectual property (IP). The theoretical lenses of game studies, fan studies, retro gaming, and nostalgia help explore the Nintendo fandom to uncover the nostalgic motivations that fans develop and maintain toward the brand and how they are interrelated. Through a narrative analysis of eleven in-depth interviews with self-identified fans of Nintendo, we find that these motivations are sentimental, historical, and personal, as well as hierarchical according to their ease of attainment by those outside of the fandom. Furthermore, retro gaming acts as a Nintendo company strategy that aids the development of these motivations

    Trans fandom

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    Editorial for "Trans Fandom," edited by Jennifer Duggan and Angie Fazekas, special issue, Transformative Works and Cultures, no. 39 (March 15, 2023)

    "How could you think we'd care about what that—woman—wrote about you?": Harry Potter fans' reaction to J. K. Rowling's transphobic tweets

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    I surveyed current and former Harry Potter fans’ thoughts on recent tweets by author J. K. Rowling. Results show that fans have strong opinions of Rowling’s tweets and Rowling herself, but mixed feelings about the Harry Potter franchise

    The politicization of Chinese celebrity fandoms: A case study of discursive practices in the 227 Movement

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    Taking the 277 Movement as an example, I examine how recent Chinese fandoms have become familiar with political discussion by appropriating political issues. It may alter the tribal essence of fandom to share interests in the political communities that pursue social influence and navigate agenda-setting. Under such circumstances, fandom becomes a place for political expression, which has long been considered lost among Gen Z in China. Specifically, I attempt to unwrap politicized discursive practices by sampling and analyzing relevant tweets on Chinese social media Weibo from the perspectives of the social structure of traditional Chinese society, cyberspace policies, and political indifference among Gen Z

    Fan perspectives of queer representation in DC's Legends of Tomorrow on Tumblr and AO3

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    DC's Legends of Tomorrow (2016–2022) is a television show with an ensemble cast of existing characters from other DC TV shows, formed into a single, time-traveling team of antiheroes. The show is known for its inclusion of multiple queer characters, particularly Sara Lance, the show's long-running central character and captain of the Legends team and an openly bisexual woman. Fans use Tumblr and Archive of Our Own to discuss queer characters, canonical same-sex pairings, and noncanonical slash pairings. Queer representation in television matters to the show's fan community, and users are appreciative of and invested in canonically queer characters and pairings. Beyond the canon content, users are perhaps equally invested in noncanonical queer pairings and utilize manipulation of the source text in order to appreciate these pairings. Fans simultaneously enjoy watching and blogging about the show while also forming their own interpretations of queer characters and relationships. However, the central canon queer couple of the show is still by far the most popular with fans, and fans pay more attention to white characters and relationships, regardless of canonicity, than to the show's characters of color


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