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Contact MomentsThe Politics of Intercultural Desire in Japanese Male-Queer Cultures$
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Katsuhiko Suganuma

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083701

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083701.001.0001

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Associative Identity Politics: Unmasking the Multi-Layered Formation of Queer Male Selves in 1990s Japan

Associative Identity Politics: Unmasking the Multi-Layered Formation of Queer Male Selves in 1990s Japan

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(p.127) Chapter 5: Associative Identity Politics: Unmasking the Multi-Layered Formation of Queer Male Selves in 1990s Japan
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Contact Moments
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Katsuhiko Suganuma

Siu-lun Wong

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083701.003.0005

Chapter 5 examines gay men's coming-out narratives expressed in Japanese gay studies texts published in the 1990s. The chapter employs Fran Martin's ‘masking’ trope as a means to read queer male subject formations in the 1990s Japan. By comparatively examining two key Japanese gay coming-out narratives, it sheds light on the complex scenarios functioning beneath the surface of identity politics. The chapter further argues that the notion of ‘masking’ is useful in reading the multiple axes incorporated into queer identity formation in Japan in relation to globalisation.

Keywords:   mask, Fran Martin, Fushimi Noriaki, OCCUR, identity politics

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