China and Inner Asia
It’s almost half a century that sexual minorities are excluded from mental illnesses by WHO. However, sexual and gender minority people in China still live in the shadows, with only 5% of them willing to live their diversity openly. There is very low visibility for minorities in the media, especially on traditional mass media.
Whereas the audiovisual industry gave shadow to this group more than a century ago. With Vingarne born in 1916, the image of sexual minorities presented on media varies and in turn influences the social cognition towards it. After Seek McCartney was officially approved by China’s government as the first sexual minorities film in 2015, these images began to show up on China’s media.
This paper chooses films and dramas produced from 2015 to 2018 in China’s mainland, to figure out what the sexual minority images are, how audiences understand them both in productions and in real life and what effect they can have on college students for their high threshold on identifications and natural intimacy to the Internet which gives them access to these productions. Therefore, context analysis and audience survey including questionnaires, in-depth interview and laboratory experiment are used to shed light on the issue.
Further studies may reveal that audiovisual productions can be an effective way to let the audiences, whether they’re sexual minorities or not, obtain the Self in the mirror of the sexual minorities as the other.