Actors Sean Xiao Zhan (right) and Wang Yibo (left) in boys’ love drama ‘The Untamed’. Photo: Handout
Actors Sean Xiao Zhan (right) and Wang Yibo (left) in boys’ love drama ‘The Untamed’. Photo: Handout

China moves to kill romantic gay-themed ‘boys’ love’ dramas amid wider crackdown on entertainment industry

  • ‘Dangai’ dramas, a type of Chinese drama adapted from boys’ love (BL) novels that originated in Japan, have taken the Chinese TV industry by storm in recent years
  • Chinese regulators are now trying to remove any depictions of men in popular culture that do not conform to old-fashioned gender stereotypes

Actors Sean Xiao Zhan (right) and Wang Yibo (left) in boys’ love drama ‘The Untamed’. Photo: Handout
Actors Sean Xiao Zhan (right) and Wang Yibo (left) in boys’ love drama ‘The Untamed’. Photo: Handout
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