Autoethnographic Invesitation: Japanese Yaoi Manga Part 2

Jyotsna Singh

Upon my reading of Fake, a classic form of Yaoi Japanese manga, a number of thoughts went through my head and I decided to delve further into them.

Upon reading the final volume of Fake, while I felt confronted and confused, I was also left feeling intrigued, with several thoughts passing through my head. The first thing I could not help but question was how did this genre develop and become popular in quite — what I thought was— a conservative Japanese society? Thus I felt the urge to explore the brief history of Yaoi and learn about the basic conventions of this genre.

Upon furthering my research, I learnt that Yaoi first appeared in the 1970s, out of a genre of Japanese women’s comics known as shōnen’ai. It emerged as a reaction against the contrived and formulaic heterosexual love stores marketed at a female audience at that time’…

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