Queer/Tongzhi China: New Perspectives on Research, Activism and Media Cultures

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edited by Elisabeth L. Engebretsen and William F. Schroeder

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.

"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." - Kimiko Suda, WAGRev

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.

Publication year: 2015
288 pp / 229mm x 152mm
4 b/w pictures
ISBN: 978-87-7694-155-0, Paperback
ISBN: 978-87-7694-153-6, Hardback

NIAS Press