Invitation to Participate: Consuming Japanese queer popular culture(s) throughout the Asia-Pacific


Are you over 18 and live in Metro Manila? Do you identify as same-sex attracted? Do you regularly consume Boys Love, bara and gay comics, and/or Japanese gay porn? Then I want to talk to you!

My name is Dr Thomas Baudinette and I am a Lecturer in Japanese Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. I am currently seeking participants to be interviewed for my research project “Consuming Japanese queer popular culture(s) throughout the Asia-Pacific.” The interview will discuss your consumption/fandom of “Japanese queer popular culture” (including Boys Love, Japanese Pornography, and bara/gay comics) in the context of your life as a same-sex attracted person living in the Philippines. I am especially interested to learn how Japanese queer popular culture impacted your understandings of same-sex attraction. The interview will also provide you an opportunity to discuss your BL/bara/porn fandom with an academic fan of Japanese queer popular culture! In return for your generous participation in this project, you will be offered a 1000 piso voucher at National Bookstore!

Interviews will be conducted face-to-face at a time and location convenient to you such as a café or my office at Ateneo de Manila University, or will be conducted over the Zoom conference management system (it works like Skype). Interviews will last roughly one hour, and will be audio-recorded with your consent. Specific details concerning the interview procedures and ethical obligations of the chief investigator can be found in a dedicated Informed Consent Form. Please make sure you read this form to understand what kinds of questions will be discussed, as well as what topics of conversation will be off-limits!

Participation in the project is expected to cause minimal risk or discomfort and is entirely voluntary. Your anonymity will be strictly protected.

If you are interested in participating, contact me at for a copy of the Informed Consent Form (or download it from the above hyperlink!). Feel free to ask any questions you may have before deciding whether you wish to participate!

Please share this information with people you think may be interested in participating!

3 thoughts on “Invitation to Participate: Consuming Japanese queer popular culture(s) throughout the Asia-Pacific

  1. Hello! Im interested in participating, as a person who reads a lot of bara yaoi and bl for a long time and does bara And gay art, i really want to connect to this community, but i dont live in metro manila im from pampanga(an hour away) so is there gonna be a physical interview or its just online, so ill know if i can participate, thanks

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