Date of Award

December 2012

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Media Studies

First Advisor

Elana Levine

Committee Members

Mike Newman, Richard Popp


Chinese Popular Culture, Chinese Reality TV, Lesbianism, Online Communities, Queerness, Slash Fandom


This thesis presents a case study of one of the most popular online Chinese fandoms, Fei Se Chao Nv. This online Chinese fan forum is dedicated to slash writings and queer readings of androgynous female celebrities of a sensational Chinese reality TV show, Super Girl. The purpose of this study is to explicate the intricate negotiations between queer and normative cultures within this online, non-mainstream, fannish space. Through a discourse analysis of how the slash fans imagine lesbian relationships, narrate lesbian stories, and queerly gossip about the Super Girl androgynous celebrities in the forum, the study concludes that the fans' slash practices are frequently complicated by, and struggle with, the normative positioning of lesbian desires, identities, and relationships as deviant in heterocentric Chinese society.