Journal article

Glossy Subjects: G&L Magazine and `Tonghzi' Cultural Visibility in Taiwan

John Nguyet Erni, Anthony J Spires

Sexualities | SAGE Publications | Published : 2001

Abstract

The burgeoning cultural practices among gays and lesbians in Taiwan in the 1990s provide an important context for considering broader questions about what has been called `weak group' ( ruoshi tuanti) identity politics, family life and modernity in Taiwan. This article examines the construction of gay and lesbian identities in Taiwan as expressed in their cultural consumption of an enormously popular magazine G&L (1996 - present). Through a qualitative, critical reading of the magazine, we explore the questions of consumption, family life and relationships, in the context of the practice of filial piety central to the Taiwanese sociocultural formation and individual subjectivity. We argue th..

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