Queering el giro transnacional

las Asias queer y el regionalismo

Translated title of the contribution: Queering the transnational turn: regionalism and queer Asias

Howard Chiang, Alvin Ka Hin Wong

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Abstract

In recent years, queer studies has increasingly interrogated the racial and colonial unconscious embedded in the earlier studies of non-normative genders and sexualities through the critical frameworks of queer of color critique and queer diaspora studies. This article aims to ‘queer the transnational turn’ by considering what critical edge ‘regionalism’ might bring to the investigation of queer modernities in Asia from both contemporary and historical vantage points. The introductory section of the article provides a broad overview of the ‘transnational turn’ in queer studies, what we diagnose as the ‘area unconscious’ of queer studies in its exclusive critique of Western colonial modernity, and the related binary of cultural particularism versus Eurocentric universalism. Alternatively, we argue that the concept of regionalism can be productively mobilized in order to study the various scales of queer sexualities that traffic within and circulate across Southeast Asia, Australia, imperial China, and contemporary Sinophone cultures (Sinitic-language communities on the margins of or outside mainland China). Through a paired reading of Johann S. Lee’s Singaporean queer novel, Peculiar Chris (1992), and Su Chao-Bin and John Woo’s Sinophone martial art film, the Reign of Assassins (2010), our inquiry accounts for how the spatial–temporal telos of global queering get materially translated across multiple regional hubs of sexual differences. Queer regionalism in Singapore, China, and the Sinophone worlds encompasses relational dynamics, power differentials, and subnational and supranational linkages. Finally, queering regionalism can open up new analytical frameworks for the study of sexualities and corporealities across transcolonial relations and wider temporal and spatial connections.

Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)1643-1656
Number of pages14
JournalGender, Place and Culture
Volume23
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 1

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Chiang, Howard ; Wong, Alvin Ka Hin. / Queering el giro transnacional : las Asias queer y el regionalismo. In: Gender, Place and Culture. 2016 ; Vol. 23, No. 11. pp. 1643-1656.
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