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Crystal Boys (孽子, pinyin: Nièzǐ) is a novel written by Pai Hsien-yung and first published in 1983 in Taiwan. In 1988, this novel went into circulation in Mainland China; its French and English translations were published in 1985 and 1989. It has been suggested that Pinyin method be merged into this article or section. ... Kenneth Hsien-yung Pai (白先勇, pinyin: Bái XiānyÇ’ng, born July 11, 1937) is a writer who has been described as a melancholy pioneer. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The highlighted area in the map is what is commonly known as mainland China. Mainland China (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: is a geopolitical term which is usually synonymous with the area currently administered by the Peoples Republic of China (PRC); however, it excludes the two special administrative regions... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Nièzǐ means literally sinful sons or sons of sin, but it may also be an allusion to a passage in the Mencius, in which "friendless officials and concubine's sons" (孤臣孽子) reach positions of power because they have learned to live with a dangerous status. Mencius (most accepted dates: 372 BC – 289 BC; other possible dates: 385 BC – 303 BC or 302 BC) was born in the State of Zou (鄒國), now forming the territory of the county-level city of Zoucheng (邹城市), Shandong province, only 30 km (18 miles) south of Qufu, the town of Confucius. ...


A movie called Outcasts was based on this novel in 1986. In 2003, the material was adapted by Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation into a miniseries, which has gained great attention in the gay community of both mainland China and Taiwan. When the Hispania arrived on the borders of the Sirius Sector (just outside Omicron Alpha), a suspected Coalition spy set off a powerful bomb on the inside of the sleeper ship, causing critical internal damage. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation (PTS, 公共電視文化事業基金會) is the first independent public broadcasting institution in the Republic of China (ROC). ... The idea of a gay community is complex and can be very controversial. ...


Plot summary

The story takes place in 1973 (the time period of the most recent film adaptation was moved forward from the 1960s Taipei of Pai's novel), and follows a short period in the life of a young man called Li-Qing (李青,nicknamed A-Qing). 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ...


When A-Qing is expelled from his school because of "scandalous relations" with school janitor Zhao Ying (趙英), his father kicks him out of the family home. A-Qing begins to hang out at a park called "New Park," a gay cruising area and hangout for gay men, where he meets the novel's other primary characters.


The story focuses on A-Qing's struggle between himself, his family and a society where homosexuality is taboo.


The TV series

The TV series Crystal Boys stars:

  • Fan Chi-wei (范植偉 as A-Qing)
  • Yang Youning (楊佑寧 as Zhao Ying)

See also: List of television shows with gay characters, Queer culture, Homosexuality in China Television shows or made-for-television movies that deal with LGBT issues and/or feature prominent LGBT characters or cast members: Dramatic series and miniseries The following drama series or miniseries include central LGBT themes or characters. ... See labrys, black triangle. ... Young men sipping tea, reading poetry, and making love; Individual panel from a hand scroll on homosexual themes, paint on silk; China, Qing Dynasty (eighteenth to nineteenth centuries); Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, Indiana The situation of homosexuality in China and Taiwan is currently quite ambiguous, although many instances have been recorded...


External links

  • Official Website (in Chinese)
  • [1] (in English)

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