Title

An unruly death : queer media in Hong Kong

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

GLQ : A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies

Publication Date

10-1-2012

Volume

18

Issue

4

First Page

597

Last Page

614

Publisher

Duke University Press

Abstract

This essay aims to give an overview of Hong Kong queer media productions by presenting specific media representations that speak to local queer sensibilities and sexual politics. I investigate the nature of a localized queer nonchalance that cultivates an environment readable as both tolerant and limiting of queer desires, as well as resistant of the rumors of a broader cultural death. One of the case studies includes, to use Helen Hok-Sze Leung's term, “do-it-yourself” queer cultural projects that focus on reaching out to LGBT communities rather than to a wider mainstream public reception. Another example involves gender-crossing performances and cultural productions from mainstream media icons in popular culture. Finally, I discuss gossip magazine coverage of queer celebrity rumors. I locate my concerns in questioning whether mass-media practices can perversely normalize same-sex sexuality in our everyday lives.

DOI

10.1215/10642684-1600752

Print ISSN

10642684

E-ISSN

15279375

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2012 by Duke University Press.

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Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Tang, D. T.-S. (2012). An unruly death: Queer media in Hong Kong. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 18(4), 597-614. doi: 10.1215/10642684-1600752

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