Gay and Lesbian Subculture in Urban China (Routledge by Loretta Wing Wah Ho

By Loretta Wing Wah Ho

This booklet contributes to a severe figuring out of the way chinese language same-sex identification in city China is variously imagined; the way it is reworked; and the way it offers its resistances as China maintains to confide in international strength relatives. both very important, the ebook will 1) sharpen wisdom of China’s contemporary socio-economic switch and political schedule, 2) construct a better wisdom of chinese language cultural, sexual and moral values and three) supply new views on ‘Chineseness’ and chinese language same-sex id. Uniquely, it explores the emergence of chinese language same-sex identification via figuring out the typical, lived same-sex adventure, amid China’s starting as much as cultural, sexual and monetary globalisation. This realizing relies on a culturally delicate framework which incorporates the various and occasionally paradoxical articulation of same-sex id in city China. It come sto the realization that same–sex id in china is articulated in a paradoxical means: open and decentred, yet while, nationalist and conforming to nation keep an eye on. This publication might be of curiosity to pupil and scholars in chinese language reports, Gender reports, sexuality and cultural stories.

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All these imaginaries are rigorously pursued to represent shifting sites of the east/west divide, global/ local claims to knowledge, and clashes of culture. These imaginaries, following Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing (2005, p. 3), offer us a space to make sense of the ‘friction’ that is highly unpredictable and is inevitably (re)produced in global encounters. ‘Friction’, in this sense, is meant to underline ‘the importance of interaction in defining movement, cultural form, and agency’ (Tsing 2005, p. 6).

I don’t think I can confide this in him. I only hope that he will look after me when I grow older. (2004, pers. , 6 May) By and large, my relationship with Chinese gay activists, same-sex attracted informants/interviewees and Chinese elites was structured and constrained by their preconceived attitude towards overseas Chinese, outsiders and academics. My positions and positionings as a fledgling researcher, an outsider academic and an overseas Chinese meant that it was hard, but not impossible, for me to carve out strategies to reconstruct a relationship that was conducive to this research.

That said, it is important to be mindful that boundary-traversing is not arbitrary. As some boundaries are transgressed, others remain or will be reintroduced. The reality is that international institutions and governments seem prepared to carve out new spaces in controlling and shaping the formation of cultural identities. The structure of the book In Chapter 2, ‘The problematics of storytelling’, special attention is given to investigating how storytelling confronts the question of power which can be challenged by the discourse of seduction.

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