Gay and Lesbian Subculture in Urban China

1st Edition

Loretta Wing Wah Ho

Routledge
Published July 7, 2011
Reference - 200 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415666190 - CAT# Y117319
Series: Routledge Contemporary China Series

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Summary

This book contributes to a critical understanding of how Chinese same-sex identity in urban China is variously imagined; how it is transformed; and how it presents its resistances as China continues to open up to global power relations. Equally important, the book will 1) sharpen knowledge of China’s recent socio-economic change and political agenda, 2) build a greater awareness of Chinese cultural, sexual and ethical values and 3) offer new perspectives on ‘Chineseness’ and Chinese same-sex identity.

Uniquely, it explores the emergence of Chinese same-sex identity through understanding the everyday, lived same-sex experience, amid China’s opening up to cultural, sexual and economic globalisation. This understanding is based on a culturally sensitive framework which accommodates the diverse and sometimes paradoxical articulation of same-sex identity in urban China. It come sto the conclusion that same–sex identity in china is articulated in a paradoxical way: open and decentred, but at the same time, nationalist and conforming to state control.

This book will be of interest to scholar and students in Chinese studies, Gender Studies, sexuality and cultural studies.

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