Queer/Tongzhi China: New Perspectives on Research, Activism, and Media Cultures
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320pp. October 2015
Queer/Tongzhi China: New Perspectives on Research, Activism, and Media Cultures
Editor: Engebretsen, Elisabeth L., William F. Shroeder, Hongwei Bao;
This book brings together some of the most exciting, original and cutting-edge work being conducted on contemporary queer China. The volume includes original essays by some of the most prolific and central queer activists and artists in the PRC, placing their writing alongside work by emergent and established scholars from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. The book offers unique perspectives by presenting primary accounts of the creative and multi-faceted strategies that activists and community organizers have developed in their various activities.

The volume also presents rich, empirical evidence of every-day queer lives across China, offering a unique record not only of cosmopolitan community and activist perspectives but also of voices and experiences from a broad range of locations and identifications. As a whole it offers invaluable insights into sexual and gender diversity in China today. Queer/Tongzhi China thus breathes as it speaks, providing through its diverse approaches a different understanding of queer China than standard mono-ethnographies or social-scientific documentaries.

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Distributed for NIAS Press (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies)
Editor: Engebretsen, Elisabeth L., William F. Shroeder, Hongwei Bao;
Elisabeth L. Engebretsen is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo. Author of Queer Women in Urban China, she has written widely on queer issues in China.

William F. Schroeder is Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Manchester. A sociocultural anthropologist, he researches the relationship between play, affect and belonging in queer Beijing.

Acknowledgements vii

About the Authors ix

1. Introduction: Queer/Tongzhi China (Elisabeth L. Engebretsen and William F. Schroeder) 1

2. Queer Online Media and the Building of China’s LGBT Community (Stijn Deklerck and Xiaogang Wei) 18

3. Digital Video Activism: Narrating History and Memory in Queer China, ‘Comrade’ China (Hongwei Bao)  35

4. Research, Activism, and Activist Research in Tongzhi China (William F. Schroeder) 57

5. Challenging Authorities and Building Community Culture: Independent Queer Film Making in China and the China Queer Film Festival Tour, 2008–2012 (Popo Fan) 81

6. Of Pride and Visibility: The Contingent Politics of Queer Grassroots Activism in China (Elisabeth L. Engebretsen) 89

7. On The Surface: ‘T’ and Transgender Identity in Chinese Lesbian Culture (Ana Huang) 111

8. Queer Texts, Gendered Imagination, and Popular Feminism in Chinese Web Literature (Ling Yang and Yanrui Xu) 131

9. Queerness, Entertainment, and Politics: Queer Performance and Performativity in Chinese Pop (Qian Wang) 153

10. Coming Home, Coming Out: Doing Fieldwork in an Unfamiliar Homeland (Lucetta Yip Lo Kam)  179

11. Queer Organizing and HIV/AIDS Activism: An Ethnographic Study of a Local Tongzhi Organization in Chengdu (Wei Wei) 192

12. Market Economy, Spatial Transformation, and Sexual Diversity: An Ethnographic Study of the Gay Community in Shenyang, North China (Xiaoxing Fu) 217

13. Interview with Cui Zi’en (Popo Fan) 245

Index 267




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