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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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From Glass Clique to Tongzhi Nation: Crystal Boys, Identity Formation and Politics of Sexual Shame

From Glass Clique to Tongzhi Nation: Crystal Boys, Identity Formation and Politics of Sexual Shame

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(p.113) 4 From Glass Clique to Tongzhi Nation: Crystal Boys, Identity Formation and Politics of Sexual Shame
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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/9789888083077.003.0005

This chapter conducts a critique of Taiwan tongzhi (“gay” or “queer”) politics through a re-articulation of Crystal Boys, one of Taiwan's first recognised “gay” novel that depicts the underground male prostitution culture in 1970s Taipei. It argues that the 1990s tongzhi politics as articulated through Crystal Boys is founded upon the normative exclusion of the gendered prostitute subject and that such repudiation is complicit with the dominant moral-sexual order upheld by Taiwan's state culture. It shows how the novel represents a particular ‘state-affect’ of gendered sexual shame linked to prostitution, which later came to be displaced by the emerging tongzhi movement through its political praxis of “coming out.”

Keywords:   shame, Tongzhi, gay activism, feminist movement, Crystal Boys

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