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Conditional SpacesHong Kong Lesbian Desires and Everyday Life$
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Denise Tse-Shang Tang

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083015

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083015.001.0001

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Cultural Spaces

Cultural Spaces

(p.113) Cultural Spaces
Conditional Spaces

Denise Tse-Shang Tang

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses how queer cultural spaces came to emerge in a city dominated by capitalist ideologies and material consumption. Specifically, it uses the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2004 (HKLGFF) and HKLGFF 2005 as case studies to facilitate a discussion on the contested relations between a politics of consumption, the claim for queer visibility, and the emerging representation of lesbian desires in Hong Kong independent film and video. The HKLGFF has only just begun to understand the needs of local lesbian communities. Apart from continuing and expanding its lesbian programming, it should also partner itself with community organizations and media-arts groups in order to facilitate innovative programming. Furthermore, the chapter defines lesbian desires as same-sex desires between women, regardless of the politics of sexual identification, thereby including women with bisexual and lesbian sexualities.

Keywords:   cultural spaces, capitalist ideologies, material consumption, HKLGFF, Hong Kong

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