Chapter Four: CINEMQ


CINEMQ is one of Shanghai’s premier queer events, though it’s not one you’re really supposed to know about. In this episode, the organizers of CINEMQ explain the process of putting together a queer event in a city that’s facing more intense governmental scrutiny. They hope to create a safe yet challenging community under tightening strictures.

9:09: Chinese individuals becoming open to queerness

17:49: What is CINEMQ?

31:31: Underground queer culture

42:28: The queer community in China


You can find CINEMQ on its website and Twitter page.


Music credits:

Analytical Skeletons,” by csus; “f@y,” by Jack Meijer; “Muzzle,” by JCM; “Breeze,” by Svd b1tch; “I Like You.,” by ARTST_UNKWN2; “I Was Nothing,” by Le Gang; “Lo-Fi-Theory,” by Lofi; and “Lofi,” by nikishev.2.

Works consulted:

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture, by John Storey; Sex in China, by Elaine Jeffreys and Haiqing Yu; How queer film thrives under the radar in Shanghai, and its soft power, by Laurie Chen; Queer filmmaking in the People’s Republic of China, by Hongwei Bao; Homosexuality and queer aesthetics in Chinese cinema, by Helen Hok-Sze Leung; How China keeps gay people off TV, by Barclay Bram; Queer Asian films are finally becoming more prevalent, by Lilian Min; and From ‘celluloid comrade’ to ‘digital video activism’: queer filmmaking in postsocialist China, by Hongwei Bao.