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Shanghai Lalas: Female Tongzhi Communities and Politics in Urban China

Lucetta Yip Lo Kam


This is the first ethnographic study of lala (lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) communities and politics in China, focusing on the city of Shanghai. Based on several years of in-depth interviews, the volume concentrates on lalas’ everyday struggle to reconcile same-sex desire with a dominant rhetoric of family harmony and compulsory marriage, all within a culture denying women’s active and legitimate sexual agency. Lucetta Yip Lo Kam reads discourses on homophobia in China, including the rhetoric of “Chinese tolerance” and considers the heteronormative demands imposed on tongzhi subjects. Sh ... More

Keywords: Lala, Lala communities, Tongzhi, Female Tongzhi, China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9789888139453
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139453.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucetta Yip Lo Kam, author