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Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan$
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Hans Tao-Ming Huang

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083077

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083077.001.0001

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Mental Hygiene and the Regime of Sexuality: The Case of The Man Who Escapes Marriage

Mental Hygiene and the Regime of Sexuality: The Case of The Man Who Escapes Marriage

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(p.31) 1 Mental Hygiene and the Regime of Sexuality: The Case of The Man Who Escapes Marriage
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Queer Politics and Sexual Modernity in Taiwan
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Hans Tao-ming Huang

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083077.003.0002

This chapter accounts for the scientific construction of male homosexuality from the 1950s through the 1970s in Taiwan. In delineating a normative culture of sex established by the nascent ‘psy’ industry, it demonstrates how The Man Who Escapes Marriage (1976), Taiwan's first ‘homosexual’ popular novel, emerged as a product of the mental hygiene movement. Enabled by the American Psychiatric Association's 1973 decision to depathologise homosexuality as mental illness, The Man represents, this chapter argues, a limiting case whereby the legitimation of homosexual desire is made through the author's appeal to the virtue of moral rectitude.

Keywords:   mental hygiene, perversion, male homosexuality, sexual morality

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