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Contact Moments – The Politics of Intercultural Desire in Japanese Male-Queer Cultures - Hong Kong Scholarship Online
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Contact Moments: The Politics of Intercultural Desire in Japanese Male-Queer Cultures

Katsuhiko Suganuma


This book analyses a rich archive of cultural texts from gay male subcultures in the postwar period, depicting moments of contact between Japanese and Western queer cultures. The author demonstrates how ideals about the West impacted processes of identity formation, and challenges and reworks existing models of the East/West binary paradigm. The instances examined range from the perverse magazines in the 1950s and their depiction of men who had sex with foreign men (mostly American servicemen); the depiction of race in the gay magazine Barazoku; John Whittier Treat's memoir of his sabbatical i ... More

Keywords: contact moment, queer, Japan, gay, globalisation, orientalism, desire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9789888083701
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083701.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katsuhiko Suganuma, author