WAGIC is a dedicated space for discussing gender, sexuality and feminism(s) in China past and present

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March 2, 2018

I first met Mrs Guo, or Guo Mama, as she liked to be called, on a typical Taipei afternoon; cloudy and warm. She had been involved in LGBT activism for years and was a fervent supporter of coming out as a way to empower tongzhi (those who do not conform to cisnormative and heteronormative models. See Wong 2005). She believed that for the community to be accepted by society it first needs to raise its visibility. Yet, coming ou...

February 28, 2018

As I have said on many occasions, 2016 was the true starting point for Chinese trans movements. Because many trans people stood up publicly to raise our voices in different ways for trans people that year, many trans-led organisations were founded and many trans issues were raised in public and legal settings. None of this had ever happened before.

In January, Chao Xiaomi, a gender-fluid trans person, appeared on one of the Chi...

February 26, 2018

Despite the fact that same-sex attraction was declassified as a mental illness by the Chinese Psychiatric Association in 2001, many LGBTQ people in China continue to be subjected to the dangerous and discredited practice of “gay conversion therapy” (扭转治疗). As has been documented on this blog and elsewhere, LGBTQ rights activists in China have relentlessly pursued any number of legal advocacy efforts to reduce the harms caused...

February 19, 2018

The problem of dealing with race and ethnicity in feminist and queer movements is typically a case of “easier said than done.” Whenever and wherever the notion of intersectionality is brought up in feminist dialogues today, ethnicity and race tend to be among the main and popular notions. Nonetheless, what has been done so far is totally another problem.

The feminist and queer movement in China is faced with this awkwardness as...

February 12, 2018

After Chinese New Year in 2014, I went to a psychological clinic in Chongqing, a city in Western China, to receive electric shock treatment as part of ‘gay conversion therapy’. I was not forced by my family, even though I was born in a very patriarchal cultural area in China. Instead I went to be ‘cured’ by my own willing because I felt that this was the only way I could stop the harm being done to the LGBT community in China.

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February 5, 2018

In the fast changing scene of queer/tongzhi in China, five years can be a generation. The queer or lala project I’m going to write about in this article, les+, is a pioneer lala magazine that first started in 2005 and ended five years ago in 2012. The creative energy of queer/tongzhi activism in China has never ceased to explode from the beginning right through to the recent period of tightened political control. les+ was one...

January 29, 2018

The title of the research workshop ‘Fear of A Queer China’, to be held at the University of Nottingham on 5-6 February 2018, is a deliberate appropriation of a book title Fear of A Queer Planet, a collection of essays on queer politics and social theory edited by Michael Warner in 1993. We use the title both to acknowledge our intellectual debt to queer theory and our critical engagement with it.

Written at a critical historica...

January 28, 2018

Our fifth issue explores the multiple forms of queer activism in Contemporary China. We are interested in how queer activists across China creatively and strategically engage a variety of platforms to raise awareness and promote understanding of queer issues and advance LGBTQ+ justice in China.

We asked our contributors to share their thoughts on the many ways through which queer activists organise, build communities, and engag...

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