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Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Mark McLelland, Vera Mackie


434 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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This collection brings together cutting-edge work by established and emerging scholars focusing on key societies in the East Asian region: China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, North and South Korea, Mongolia and Vietnam. This scope enables the collection to reflect on the nature of the transformations in constructions of sexuality in highly developed, developing and emerging societies and economies.

Both Japan and China have established traditions of ‘sexuality’ studies reflecting longstanding indigenous understandings of sex as well as more recent developments which interface with Euro-American medical and psychological understandings. Authors reflect upon the complex colonial and economic interactions and cultural flows which have affected the East Asian region over the last two centuries. They trace local flows of ideas instead of defaulting to Euro-American paradigms for sexuality studies.

Through looking at regional and global exchanges of ideas about sexuality, this volume adds considerably to our understanding of the East Asian region and contributes to wider discussions of social transformation, modernisation and globalisation. It will be essential reading in undergraduate and graduate programs in sexuality studies, gender studies, women’s studies and masculinity studies, as well as in anthropology, sociology, history, cultural studies, area studies and health sciences.


'At last, a dazzling and comprehensive collection that sets a new benchmark in East Asian studies. The international experts in this smart volume explore a range of significant topics, from sexual minorities to sexual politics, placing sexuality studies front and center on the Asian studies bookshelf. Pioneering, thought-provoking, and deeply knowledgeable.' – Laura Miller, University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA

'Widely-ranging and rigorous, the essays in McLelland and Mackie’s important anthology are robustly materialist, in that they entwine the historical, sociocultural, postindustrial, and intersubjective terrains that spawn local-global forms and practices of sexualities. This book will give East Asian studies a cutting-edge research agenda, while refurbishing the cultural studies of sexuality in the region with new vitality.' – John Nguyet Erni, Professor of Humanities & Cultural Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University

'This handbook is a stunning achievement that brings together a wide range of careful but innovative scholars to explore East Asian sexualities in a "transnational frame." The handbook attends to both regional comparison and local specificity, exploring topics ranging from marriage to politics, from subcultures to national rhetorics of belonging.' – Tom Boellstorff, University of California, Irvine, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction: Framing Sexuality Studies in East Asia Mark McLelland and Vera Mackie Part 1: Sexualities in a Transnational Frame 1. Transnational Sexual Politics in East Asia Mark Pendleton 2. Transnational Queer Sinophone Cultures Fran Martin 3. Marriage Migration in East Asia Tomoko Nakamatsu 4. Militarised Sexualities in East Asia Vera Mackie and Miyume Tanji Part 2: Love, Sex and Marriage 5. The Demand for a Normal Life: Marriage and its Discontents in Contemporary China Lucetta Yip Lo Kam 6. Constructions of Marriage and Sexuality in Modern Korea Hyaeweol Choi 7. Life as Lived and Life as Talked about: Family, Love and Marriage in Twenty-First Century Vietnam Catherine Earl 8. Marriage, Family and Sexuality in North Korea Suzy Kim Part 3: Sexual Politics 9. What’s Law Got to Do with it? Sex and Gender Diversity in East Asia Doug Sanders 10. Youth and Sexuality in China: A Century of Revolutionary Change James Farrer 11. Nationalism, Sexuality and Dissidence in Mongolia Franck Billé 12. The Women’s Liberation Movement and Sexuality in Japan Setsu Shigematsu 13. The Fourth Wave? A Critical Reflection on the Tongzhi Movement in Hong Kong Travis S.K. Kong, Hoi Leung Lau, and Cheuk Yin Li Part 4: Sexual Subcultures and Communities 14. Otaku Sexuality in Japan Patrick W. Galbraith 15. Lesbian Spaces in Hong Kong Denise Tse-Shang Tang 16. Queer Women’s Culture and History in Japan Claire Maree 17. Sexual Minority Studies on Japan Katsuhiko Suganuma 18. Homosexuality and Transgenderism in Vietnam Natalie Newton Part 5: Sex Work 19. Sex Work in China Elaine Jeffreys 20. The Sex Industry in Japan: The Dangers of Invisibility Kaoru Aoyama 21. The History of Sex Work in Korea Ruth Barraclough 22. Risks and Resiliency of Women Engaged in Sex Work in Mongolia Catherine E. Carlson, Laura Cordisco Tsai, Toivgoo Aira, Marion Riedel, and Susan S. Witte 23. Negotiating Masculinities: Taiwanese Men’s Use of Commercial Sex Mei-Hua Chen Part 6: Sexual Health 24. Regional Responses to the HIV-AIDS Epidemic Kazuya Kawaguchi 25. The Politics of Sexual Health in Vietnam Tine M. Gammeltoft and Nguyễn Thu Hýõng 26. Untangling HIV in China: Social, Political, Economic, and Global-Local Factors Johanna Hood 27. Sexuality and Aging in East Asia Katrina L. Moore Part 7: Pornography and Censorship 28. Regulating Online Pornography in Mainland China and Hong Kong Mei Ning Yan 29. Sex, Censorship and Media Regulation in Japan: An Historical Overview Mark McLelland 30. Japanese Adult Videos in Taiwan and Hong Kong Heung Wah Wong and Hoi Yan Yau

About the Editors

Mark McLelland is Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Vera Mackie is Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Lesbian Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies