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First Queer Voices from Thailand"Uncle Go's Advice Columns for Gays, Lesbians and Kathoeys"$
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Peter A. Jackson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083268

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083268.001.0001

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Uncle Go’s Columns in the Context of Thai Sexual Culture

Uncle Go’s Columns in the Context of Thai Sexual Culture

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(p.48) Chapter 3 Uncle Go’s Columns in the Context of Thai Sexual Culture
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First Queer Voices from Thailand
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Peter A. Jackson

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083268.003.0003

This chapter summarises anthropological studies of Thai culture that provide a framework for understanding attitudes to sex, gender and sexuality reflected in the letters from gay men, lesbians and transgenders sent to Uncle Go, as well as in Uncle Go’s replies to his correspondents. Concepts and attitudes detailed include notions of face, shame and public images. Differences between Thai male and female sexual cultures are summarised, Thai Buddhist attitudes to sexuality are noted, and patterns of masculinity and bisexuality are considered.

Keywords:   Thailand, Thai Culture, Sexuality, Homosexuality, Gender, Masculinity, Femininity, Buddhism

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