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Glossary

Whether you’re brand new to the world of danmei or you’ve been here a while, there may be some terms you’re not familiar with. Below is a basic list of some words you may see around DanmeiNews.com, or elsewhere in stories, conversations, and social media.

Danmei

Danmei is a genre of fiction that focuses on romantic relationships between two (or more) men. It comes in many mediums—novels, comics, shows, games, and more—and is not limited to specific settings or plotlines. Fantasy, modern-day, science fiction, anything goes. It is analogous to BL, or Boys’ Love, but danmei is a term specifically used for content produced in Chinese.

Learn more in What is Danmei?

CDrama

Short for Chinese Drama, these are live-action shows or films produced and performed in Chinese. You’ll often see the term JDrama for those from Japan, and KDrama for those from Korea. A number of beloved danmei series are adapted to this format, and many are available to watch with English subtitles.

Donghua

A term that broadly refers to all animation in Chinese (动画), but in English circles is used specifically for animated shows and films made in China. It’s analogous to the term anime for animation from Japan.

Gong

Like the Japanese term seme, gong is a term used to refer to the top in a sexual relationship between two men. Also referred to as the “attacker”.

JJWXC

JJWXC is a shortened reference to Jinjiang Literature City—a website based in China where authors are able to self-publish their novels. It has a particular focus on romance novels written for women. Many danmei authors originally published their works here chapter-by-chapter, gaining popularity and going on to see their works compiled in print or adapted into other mediums. Some well-known authors include Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, Ro Bao Bu Chi Rou, and priest.

Manhua

A term that broadly refers to all comics in Chinese (漫画), but in English circles is used specifically for comics made in China. It’s analogous to manga for Japanese comics, and manhwa from Korea.

Shou

Like the Japanese term uke, shou is a term used to refer to the bottom in a sexual relationship between two men. Also referred to as the “receiver”.

Weibo

Weibo is a social media platform with its primary user base in China. Often described as a cross between Twitter and Facebook, it currently has “593 million monthly active users” as of March 2023 (Src: Statista) and is the source of many official announcements, fandom celebrations, and circulating gossip.

 


How to Find Danmei

To purchase volumes of danmei translated to English, please visit the Book Catalog! Each individual volume includes a list of retailers where books can be purchased.

To watch cdramas and donghua, check out the Now Streaming category for round-up posts of where to watch danmei with subtitles in English.