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Queer Chinese Cultures and MobilitiesKinship, Migration, and Middle Classes$
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John Wei

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528271

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528271.001.0001

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Stretched Kinship

Stretched Kinship

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Queer Chinese Cultures and Mobilities

John Wei

Hong Kong University Press

Queer kinships are often physically and emotionally stretched when people leave their original families to pursue education and employment through internal or international migration. This chapter argues that the so-called “coming out as coming home” strategy no longer works, and “home” has often become an impossible location for people to return to. It proposes a new paradigm of “stretched kinship” to consider a wide range of practices in queer homecoming and homemaking to better understand and make sense of the changing queer kinship structures shaping and shaped by today’s queer Chinese cultures and mobilities. It further explores “alternative families” as an emerging form of queer family-building, through which “home” once again becomes a possible ontological and symbolic location and destination.

Keywords:   Stretched kinship, Coming out, Migration, Chosen family, Alternative family, Urban co-tenancy, Queer film club

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