Queer Sinophone Cultures
Edited by Howard Chiang, Ari Larissa Heinrich
Routledge – 2014 – 236 pages
The Sinophone framework emphasises the diversity of Chinese-speaking communities and cultures, and seeks to move beyond a binary model of China and the West. Indeed, this strikingly resembles attempts within the queer studies movement to challenge the dimorphisms of sex and gender.
Bringing together two areas of study that tend to be marginalised within their home disciplines Queer Sinophone Cultures innovatively advances both Sinophone studies and queer studies. It not only examines film and literature from Mainland China but expands its scope to encompass the underrepresented ‘Sinophone’ world at large (in this case Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and beyond). Further, where queer studies in the U.S., Europe, and Australia often ignore non-Western cultural phenomena, this book focuses squarely on Sinophone queerness, providing fresh critical analyses of a range of topics from works by the famous director Tsai Ming-Liang to the history of same-sex soft-core pornography made by the renowned Shaw Brothers Studios.
By instigating a dialogue between Sinophone studies and queer studies, this book will have broad appeal to students and scholars of modern and contemporary China studies, particularly to those interested in film, literature, media, and performance. It will also be of great interest to those interested in queer studies more broadly.
This provocative collection seeks to exfoliate the layers that have bundled Chinese Studies within the strictures of traditional area studies. Looking to transnational routes and roots, the contributors elegantly deploy a "queer Sinophonic" framework that refuses geographic and conceptual limits to understanding the conjunctions and intersections of wayward bodies, intimacies, and attachments as these are produced in film, literature and other cultural genres. Traipsing various sites and contexts of the Sinophone world, from Singapore to Hong Kong to Taiwan and beyond, the essays in this expansive collection de-essentialize Chineseness and queer by circumventing the traps and tribulations of antipodal dualities such as China and its diasporas.
Martin F. Manalansan IV, Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora
This impressive anthology brings queer theory and Sinophone studies into a critically challenging and mutually transformative conjuncture. Showcasing an eclectic range of scholarship that is historically nuanced, theoretically adventurous and globally aware, the book demonstrates that the vital projects to, respectively, "deprovincialize china" and "reroute the geopolitics of desire" not only go hand in hand but inform each other in the most thoughtful and provocative way. This book stands at the forefront of a vibrant new field and should be read by anyone who is interested in pushing the boundaries of sexuality studies and Asian studies.
Helen Hok-Sze Leung, Undercurrents: Queer Culture and Postcolonial Hong Kong
Part I: Introduction 1. "A Volatile Alliance": Queer Sinophone Synergies Across Literature, Film, and Culture, Ari Larissa Heinrich Part II: New Chronotopes 2. (De)Provincializing China: Queer Historicism and Sinophone Postcolonial Critique, Howard Chiang 3. Unraveling the Apparatus of Domestication: Zhu Tianxin’s "The Ancient Capital" and Queer Engagements with the Nation-State in Post-Martial Law Taiwan, Yin Wang Part III: The Remake 4. From Flowers to Boys: Queer Adaptations in Wu Jiwen’s The Fin-de-siècle Boy Love Reader, Tze-lan D. Sang 5. Sinophone Erotohistories: The Shaw Brothers’ Queering of a Transforming "Chinese Dream" in Ainu Fantasies, Lily Wong Part IV: Queering Kinship 6. Queer Sinophone Studies as Anti-Capitalist Critique: Mapping Queer Kinship in the Work of Chen Ran and Wong Bik-Wan, Alvin Ka Hin Wong 7. A Queer Journey Home in Solos: Rethinking Kinship in Sinophone Singapore, E. K. Tan Part V: Tsai Ming-Liang 8. Theatrics of Cruising: Bathhouses and Movie Houses in Tsai Ming-Liang’s Films, Guo-Juin Hong 9.Queerly Connecting: The Queer Sinophone Politics of Tsai Ming-Liang’s I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone, Kenneth Chan Part VI: A Volatile Alliance 10. Desire Against the Grain: Transgender Consciousness and Sinophonicity in the Films of Yasmin Ahmad, Wai Siam Hee and Ari Larissa Heinrich 11.Queer Affiliations: Mak Yan Yan’s Butterfly as Sinophone Romance, Andrea Bachner Part VII: Afterword 12. On the Conjunctive Method, Shu-mei Shih
Howard Chiang is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Warwick, UK.
Ari Larissa Heinrich is Associate Professor in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego, USA.