This book shows how East Asian masculinities are being formed and transformed as Asia is increasingly globalized. The gender roles performed by Chinese and Japanese men are examined not just as they are lived in Asia, but also in the West. The essays collected here enhance current understandings of East Asian identities and cultures as well as Western conceptions of gender and sexuality. While basic issues such as masculine ideals in China and Japan are examined, the book also addresses issues including homosexuality, women's perceptions of men, the role of sport and food and Asian men in the Chinese diaspora.
Kam Louie is Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Queensland. Author or co-author of numerous books and articles on Chinese culture, including Inheriting Tradition (Oxford UP, 1986), Chinese Literature in the Twentieth Century (Columbia UP, 1997), The Politics of Chinese Language and Culture (Routledge, 1998) and Theorising Chinese Masculinity (Cambridge UP, 2002).
Morris Low is senior lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Queensland. He is an historian of Japan with interests in science and technology, Australian-Japan relations, art, and issues relating to identity. He is the editor of Science, Technology and R&D in Japan, 3 vols. (Routledge, 2001) and co-author of Science, Technology and Society in Contemporary Japan (Cambridge UP, 1999). He recently edited special issues of the journals Asian Studies Review (Blackwell), Osiris (University of Chicago Press) and History and Anthropology (Harwood)>