I haven’t been blogging for a while (mostly due to being busy and working on G3S), so I will try to restart again and write a bit more.
Today, a friend told me about the Chinese web series called Addicted. I will not spoil the plot for everyone here, but I find it to be pretty addicting like Heroin (double pun intended). It’s pretty much based on the old fashioned Korean drama plot lines except its mainland Chinese and gay.
Other than the entertainment value (and I really do recommend the series, it’s been fun watching it), it’s been kind of a surreal experience for me. I actually have never thought I could see something like this coming out of mainland China given how heavy the media is censored. Shows are actually required to remove all content that can harm “social harmony”. There are a number of rules like “mistresses can’t have a happy life” and “no dating in school” that are aimed to create the illusion of a perfect society where people who exhibit behaviors not consistent with social harmony are punished by karma despite the whole host of social issues that exist in China. Blatantly showing homosexual relationships as the main theme on mainstream media was unthinkable… until now.
I imagine that’s why it’s a web series rather than airing on TV. However, the web series has been climbing in popularity. This is very encouraging for me. Perhaps having shows like this going mainstream will help to break the social stigma surrounding same sex relationships and create more tolerance in the mainland Chinese society for LGBT communities.
I personally enjoyed the show – its a combination of mainland Chinese (with cultural references and modern slangs), same sex romance and catchy Kdrama plot lines that I never thought could co-exist so beautifully. It’s actually just really amazing that the actors speak in mandarin accents and slangs that I relate to the most (as opposed to Taiwanese or Cantonese accents). And of course the hot boy eye candy and the risque romance scenes don’t hurt either 😛
“College student Wan Qing, wearing a rainbow flag, announced that she is lesbian during the graduation ceremony of Sun Yat-Sen University.”
Sun Yat-Sen Univerisity in Guandong, China, is known as one of the most active of China’s universities for the LGBT activism on its campus. Sun Yat-Sen was also the first university in China to have a registered LGBT student association, Happy Together ( Rainbow Association) in 2006.
Unfortunately, the group was forced to close the year after due to public and administrative uproar. Despite this, Sun Yat-Sen Univerisity still harbors an active LGBT student life in the form of forums and courses on gender and sexuality offered by supportive university professors and through unregistered groups and student activists.
To read more about Wan Qing visit these articles links.
And that’s a wrap! Thanks for tuning in this week for my student and school themed postings. Good luck on the new school year to all who may be students and hang in there till summer! Until next time!
Jennea Purcell, an API student at Kahuku High and Intermediate School in Hawaii was not allowed to attend her high school graduation ceremony because she refused to wear a gown color that did not correspond to her identity.
Watch this video to learn more about her story.
Follower Fridays is a series of profiles highlighting members of Gaysian
Third Space to showcase the diversity of gaysians in the Community.
This week’s featured member is @kebinu.
Who are you?
I’m Kevin Phannareth, a linguist who’s studying 6 languages and has a knack for singing, knitting, and being a sappy romantic.
Where are you from?
I’m from the D.C. Metropolitan Area, but my parents are from Vietnam and Laos.
What do you do?
I’m currently a student trying to get my BA in Linguistics, but may possibly change over to Education. I’m also currently working part-time as a Reading Teacher at the Kumon Center in my area.
What are you passionate about?
My passions lie in Music, Art, Language, and Connections. I spend hours and hours on end recording and mixing covers of songs, working on my voice. On the off occasion I sit down and watercolor paint or crochet stuffed animals for friends. Constantly, I’m thinking about all the languages I’ve learned, how they developed, grew, and changed over the course of time, and seeing how they connect in some form or another. As for connections, I love meeting new people, and see my friends as the most important people to me. I strive everyday to improve and grew out connections to one another.
What is your dream job (real or fantasy)?
I’ve always wanted to just teach. I love seeing the look in students eyes when they understand a topic, or go even further in their thoughts on it. I want to be able to affect a student’s life in a positive way, like many of my teachers have done for me. Albeit it fleeting, I hope it will stay with them into adulthood and create a better future for us all.
If you could change the world with one idea, what would it be?
Communication, Compromise, and Compassion, are the keys to better Connections.
The School Rainbow Campaign (Thailand)
“The School Rainbow campaign aims to bring attention to bullying and violence experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people in Thailand, and around the world.
It is launched in commemoration of the 2014 International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), which takes place every year on 17 May.
The campaign will promote the drawing of rainbows, symbolizing diversity, around school gates and other settings where youth meet. Planned, orchestrated and executed in partnerships with students, schools, and communities, it will also bring rainbows into the classroom with support from IDAHOT lessons on sexual diversity, acceptance and the right to education.
Join us! Stand up. Speak out. Stop Bullying!”
Learn more about this initiative that took place in Thailand in 2014 at this link to their website School Rainbow.
To learn more about IDAHOT Thailand follow this link to their current activities. IDAHOT 2016.