Queer/Tongzhi China

New Perspectives on Research, Activism and Media Cultures

Edited by Elisabeth L. Engebretsen, William F. Schroeder, with Hongwei Bao

  • Published:
  • Pages: 320 pp.
  • illustrated
  • Series: Gendering Asia
  • Series number: 11
Available from NIAS Press worldwide

This book brings together some of the most exciting, original and cutting-edge work being conducted on contemporary queer China, offering invaluable insights into sexual and gender diversity in the PRC today.

•    First book to address sexual and gender diversity in China from both activist and academic perspectives, and in transnational contexts.
•    Creates a broad, rich archive of contemporary writing on queer China by a largely new generation of scholars, activists and artists.
•    Offers unique insight into the politics of social activism and community organization among minorities in contemporary mainland China.


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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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.

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.

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by Kimiko Suda, Free University of Berlin
From journal:
WAGRev: http://www.wagnet.ox.ac.uk/wagrev/journals/articles/01104.pdf

"For anyone academically and/or politically interested in local activism, discourses and strategies inside the queer/tongzhi community in Mainland China, this book gives a great overview of the political and social obstacles and impressive hard-earned achievements of its highly active members.

"For anyone academically and/or politically interested in local activism, discourses and strategies inside the queer/tongzhi community in Mainland China, this book gives a great overview of the political and social obstacles and impressive hard-earned achievements of its highly active members.

It provides a level of insight that could only be given by authors deeply involved in local community affairs while also reflecting on transnational queer issues at the same time."

by Denise Tse-Shang Tang, Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Hong Kong
From journal:
LSE Reviews: ow.ly/Y7sjp

" This volume of insightful writings not only redirects the focus of queer Chinese politics to the realm of social activism and everyday life, but also, as Huang’s chapter cogently puts it, lifts ‘China out of the theoretical ghetto’."

" This volume of insightful writings not only redirects the focus of queer Chinese politics to the realm of social activism and everyday life, but also, as Huang’s chapter cogently puts it, lifts ‘China out of the theoretical ghetto’."

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