1st Edition

Lesbians in East Asia Diversity, Identities, and Resistance

Edited By Diana Khor, Saori Kamano Copyright 2006
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    Discover the courageous, vibrant similarities and differences of lesbians in East Asia

    How are same-sex relationships similar or different in the cultures of East Asia? “Lesbians” in East Asia: Diversity, Identities, and Resistance is a unique examination of research and vital issues involving lesbians and lesbianism in East Asia, using perspectives by academics and activists who typically are rarely published in English. Contributing experts from Hong Kong, mainland China, Japan, and Korea discuss a variety of topics, including solidarity and conflicts between lesbians and feminists, identities and identity politics, lesbian lives and families, and representation in mainstream culture.

    Asia, because of its inherent language and cultural differences from Western society, is a location of a vast unrealized fount of knowledge about same-sex relationships and the societies in which they interact. “Lesbians” in East Asia: Diversity, Identities, and Resistance begins to fill this gap in knowledge, going beyond “East-West” divisions by gathering in one volume studies in Asia lesbian/queer studies of both the West and Asia. The text’s emphasis is on points of connection and cooperation across the cultures within Asia and between this region and other areas of the world. Diverse viewpoints and research on lesbians in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan are presented showing issues and concerns that may be different—and often are very similar—to regions beyond those borders.

    Topics in “Lesbians” in East Asia: Diversity, Identities, and Resistance include:

    • lesbian rights and feminism in Korea
    • emotional damage suffered in family, work, and school contexts, including self-denial
    • analysis of Internet exchanges in China, highlighting those feeling that they should maintain a low profile and others showing disdain toward the lesbian lifestyle
    • gender inequality and discrimination and their effects on self-sufficiency
    • the effects of expectations of marriage or remaining single on economics, legal standpoints, and in school
    • ignorance and intolerance in Korean and Japanese societies
    • identity politics
    • conflicts of ideas between lesbians and feminists
    • and much more!

    “Lesbians” in East Asia: Diversity, Identities, and Resistance is important, illuminating reading for academics and students in women’s studies, gender studies, queer/sexuality studies, East Asian studies, and activists in feminist movements.

    • Introduction (Diana Khor and Saori Kamano)
    • The Research Pendulum: Multiple Roles and Responsibilities as a Researcher (Denise Tse Shang Tang)
    • Beyond Identity Politics: The Making of an Oral History of Hong Kong Women Who Love Women (Day Wong)
    • Beyond Pain and Protection: Politics of Identity and Iban Girls in Korea (Ji-eun Lee)
    • The Politics of “Disregarding”: Addressing Zainichi Issues Within the Lesbian Community in Japan (Yuriko Iino)
    • Noras on the Road: Family and Marriage of Lesbian Women in Shanghai (Lucetta Yip Lo Kam)
    • Lesbian Mothers in Japan: An Insider’s Report (Keiko Arita)
    • Lesbians in China’s Mainland: A Brief Introduction (Yaya Chen and Yiqing Chen)
    • Lesbian Discourses in Mainstream Magazines in Post-War Japan: Is Onabe Distinct from Rezubian? (Ikuko Sugiura)
    • Possibilities and Limitations of “Lesbian Continuum”: The Case of a Protestant Church in Japan (Yuri Horie)
    • The Lesbian Rights Movement and Feminism in South Korea (Soo Jin Park-Kim [Park Tong], Soo Youn Lee-Kim [Siro], and Eun Jung Kwon-Lee [Yuri])
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Diana Khor, Saori Kamano