The Rise of "Doll-Mommies" and "Doll-Daddies" in China: Chinese Youth Meet BJD Culture

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Guo, Feng




This thesis focuses on the contemporary Chinese youth group, "doll-mommies/ daddies," who are involved in Ball-Jointed Doll (BJD) culture. The thesis is based on a content analysis of popular social media, specifically BJD Bar and BJD Tsukkomi Bar on Baidu. I have also incorporated reflections of my own experience as a BJD player as a supplementary source of data. I contend that the BJD culture in contemporary China has become a virtual space for "doll-mommies/daddies" to explore and understand self-representation, social stratification, Chinese culture, and gender and sexuality. The thesis contributes to the sociology of toys and studies of youth culture with a focus on analysing the BJD culture in China. It also contributes new insights to China studies, providing a window to understanding Chinese youth culture and contemporary Chinese society, which has experienced profound changes due to the government's introduction of market economy, globalization, and information technology.


Social Structure and Development
Individual and Family Studies




Carleton University

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