Honors Projects


BL and danmei, two terms meaning male x male fiction in Japan and China respectively, are popular genres for young women in East Asia. This paper compares BL and danmei, which are connected by history and definition, but have a few key differences. Namely, differences that are due to Chinese censorship and Japan's relative lack thereof and differences in distribution. These differences leading to China's danmei fandom being more insular and almost entirely online in contrast to Japan's slightly more public BL fandom.


Asian Studies


Asian Studies

First Advisor

Min Yang

First Advisor Department

Asian Studies

Second Advisor

Jeremy Wallach

Second Advisor Department

Popular Culture

Publication Date

Spring 5-11-2020