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【Book Launch】Wandering Dolls: COSPLAY Journey across East Asia

Come join us for a slide-show by the author, a dialogue with Prof. Travis Kong, and a glass of Belgian beer, in one of Hong Kong’s most delightful bookstores.

Wandering Dolls: COSPLAY Journey across East Asia is Belgian scholar Katrien Jacobs’ journey of discovery into the popular cultures and ACG subcultures of East Asia, Including chapters focusing on Kyoto, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Bandung. Ms Jacobs playfully embedded herself into the activities of a diverse grouping of gendered characters, radical and status-quo cosplayers, doll players, cross-dressers, and the convention-going mob of average ACG fans. 

The bilingual, Chinese/English text, published by Roundtable Books in Hong Kong, also includes an extensive selection of color photography taken on these journeys by Ms. Jacobs and a wide range of professional and amateur photographers. Thus the book is at once a travelogue, an ethnographic study, and an artistic narrative that obscures the boundaries between author and subject, the investigator and the investigated.

On Friday October 28, 2011, at 7pm ACO Books in Wan Chai will present Ms. Jacobs, who will show and discuss a selection of images from the book, and Travis Kong, writer of the book’s introduction, who will conduct a brief interview with Ms Jacobs and then moderate question from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.

Date: 28 October 2011 (Friday)
Time: 7pm
Place: ACO Books (TEL: 2893 4808; Free Entry, Donation Welcome)
            1/F Foo Tak Bldg, 365 Hennesey Road, Wanchai
Language: English 


Katrien Jacobs (the Author) is an Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is the author of several books and articles about Internet Culture, Art and Sexuality. Her work can be found on

Travis Kong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong and has written extensively about Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in the Chinese context.

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