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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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Conclusion: On Cross-Cultural Contacts and Queer Desire

Conclusion: On Cross-Cultural Contacts and Queer Desire

(p.177) Chapter 7 Conclusion: On Cross-Cultural Contacts and Queer Desire
Contact Moments

Katsuhiko Suganuma

Siu-lun Wong

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter 7 discusses the future implications as well as the challenges provoked by the research findings of this book. Drawing on Elspeth Probyn's concept of the desire to ‘belong’, the chapter suggests the need of shifting our analytical focus from identity to desire in the context of cross-culturation. This book's analyses of Japan's queer contact moments with the West shed light on the desire to make sense of one's being through the process of adapting, rearticulating, shifting, and redefining binary oppositions such as local/global, Asia/West, and self/other. It is argued that the case studies in this book follow the footsteps of several queer beings and their desire to belong somewhere that they have yet to reach; each step being part of surface tensions through which they constitute their desires – the desires to put their lives in motion.

Keywords:   desire, Elspeth Probyn, binary, queer studies, globalisation

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