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Shanghai Lalas

Kam, Lucetta

Published by Hong Kong University Press
ISBN 10: 9888139452 / ISBN 13: 9789888139453
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Title: Shanghai Lalas

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

Binding: Hardcover

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2013. Hardcover. Series: Queer Asia. Num Pages: 152 pages. BIC Classification: 1FPC; JFC; JFSJ5; JFSK. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 250 x 150 x 15. Weight in Grams: 454. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9789888139453

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This is the first ethnographic study of lala (lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) communities and politics in China, focusing on the city of Shanghai. Based on several years of in-depth interviews, the volume concentrates on lalas' everyday struggle to reconcile same-sex desires with a dominant rhetoric of family harmony and compulsory marriage, all within a culture denying women active and legitimate sexual agency. Lucetta Yip Lo Kam reads discourses on homophobia in China, including the rhetoric of "Chinese tolerance," and considers the heteronormative demands imposed on tongzhi subjects. She treats "the politics of public correctness" as a newly emerging tongzhi practice developed from the culturally specific, Chinese forms of regulation that inform tongzhi survival strategies and self-identification.

Alternating between Kam's own experiences with queer identity and her extensive ethnographic findings, this text offers a contemporary portrait of female tongzhi communities and politics in urban China, making an invaluable contribution to global discussions and international debates on same-sex intimacies, homophobia, coming-out politics, and sexual governance.

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Lucetta Y. L. Kam is an assistant professor in the humanities program at Hong Kong Baptist University. She is the editor and illustrator of Lunar Desires: Her First Same-Sex Love in Her Own Words.

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