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Title Transgender China / edited by Howard Chiang
Edition First edition
Published New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, ©2012
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 304 pages) : illustrations
Contents Imagining transgender China / Howard Chiang -- How China became a "castrated civilization" and eunuchs a "third sex" / Howard Chiang -- Gendered androgyny : transcendent ideals and profane realities in Buddhism, classicism, and Daoism / Daniel Burton-Rose -- The androgynous ideal in scholar-beauty romances : a historical and cultural view / Zuyan Zhou -- Transgenderism as a heuristic device : on the cross-historical and transnational adaptations of the Legend of the white snake / Alvin Ka Hin Wong -- Begin anywhere : transgender and transgenre desire in Qiu Miaojin's Last words from Montmartre / Larissa N. Heinrich -- Trans on screen / Helen Hok-Sze Leung -- Writing the body / Carlos Rojas -- Performing trnasgender desire : male cross-dressing shows in Taiwan / Chao-Jung Wu -- Transgenders in Hong Kong : from shame to pride / Pui Kei Eleanor Cheung -- De/colonizing transgender studies of China / Susan Stryker
Summary In the emerging field of queer Asian studies, scholars to date have paid scant attention to transgender issues. Meanwhile, despite its already sophisticated focus on gender non-conformity, Western queer studies exhibits an equally pressing problem: the conspicuous absence of empirical and theoretical investigations of transgenderism in Northeast Asian society and culture. This volume, under the editorship of Howard Chiang, responds to the convergence of these limitations. By bringing together experts with diverse disciplinary backgrounds in the China field, from cultural studies to history to musicology, "Transgender China" makes a timely intervention whereby emergent Sinologists explore previously untapped terrains--from the historical demise of enuchism to male cross-dressing shows in contemporary Taiwan-- to inaugurate a subfield in Chinese transgender studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Gender nonconformity -- China -- History.
Transgender people -- China -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Chiang, Howard, 1983-
LC no. 2012031256
ISBN 113708250X (electronic bk.)
9781137082503 (electronic bk.)