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Sex and Desire in Hong Kong$
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Petula Sik Ying Ho and A. Ka Tat Tsang

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139156

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139156.001.0001

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Male homosexual identity in Hong Kong

Male homosexual identity in Hong Kong

A social construction

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Sex and Desire in Hong Kong
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This research is to explore the social and psychological forces that influence the identity of a man who has come to describe himself as a “homosexual”. An attempt is made to understand the emergence of male homosexual identities in Hong Kong – which is predominantly a Chinese community under western influence for more than one century. The results suggest that male homosexual identity arises not so much from homosexual behaviour per se but from the stigma and heterosexist beliefs that encompassed it. The acquisition of homosexual identity is largely a response to the cultural definitions of marriage and family, gender and sex roles, as well as a way to handle a culturally induced set of difficulties of getting access to emotional and sexual fulfilment in an environment that prohibits it.

Keywords:   Homosexuality, Social construction, Identity, Chinese community

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