Rethinking Genders and Sexualities
A multidisciplinary, multicultural reassessment of gender and sexuality in the Asian Pacific
This interdisciplinary collection examines the shaping of local sexual cultures in the Asian Pacific region in order to move beyond definitions and understandings of sexuality that rely on Western assumptions. The diverse studies in AsiaPacifiQueer demonstrate convincingly that in the realm of sexualities, globalization results in creative and cultural admixture rather than a unilateral imposition of the Western values and forms of sexual culture. These essays range across the Pacific Rim and encompass a variety of forms of social, cultural, and personal expression, examining sexuality through music, cinema, the media, shifts in popular rhetoric, comics and magazines, and historical studies. By investigating complex processes of localization, interregional borrowing, and hybridization, the contributors underscore the mutual transformation of gender and sexuality in both Asian Pacific and Western cultures.
Contributors are Ronald Baytan, J. Neil C. Garcia, Kam Yip Lo Lucetta, Song Hwee Lim, J. Darren Mackintosh, Claire Maree, Jin-Hyung Park, Teri Silvio, Megan Sinnott, Yik Koon Teh, Carmen Ka Man Tong, James Welker, Heather Worth, and Audrey Yue.
"Opens up new paradigms in understanding LGBTQ cultures in Asia and beyond."--Intersections
"Needs to be read by everyone interested in sex and gender."--Pacific Affairs
"A concrete presentation of very distinctive (homo)sexualities that derive from specific nonwestern histories. Using such varied methodologies as analysis of oral history, personal ads, linguistics, and literary and film criticism, this book semiotically deconstructs the articulation of contemporary sexual identities."--Gary P. Leupp, author of Interracial Intimacy in Japan: Western Men and Japanese Women, 1543-1900
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