Queer Asia

Decolonising and Reimagining Sexuality and Gender

Edited by J. Daniel Luther and Jennifer Ung Loh


A comprehensive, far-reaching study of queer identities and communities across Asia, re-envisioning the queer through Asian perspectives.

Queer studies is now a rapidly expanding field, as scholars from a variety of disciplines seek to address the long-running marginalisation of queer perspectives and experiences. But there has so far been little effort to unify the study of queer communities outside the West, and much of the current writing views these communities through a narrowly Western lens.

Building on the work of the annual Queer Asia conference, which the editors helped to establish, this collection represents the most comprehensive work to date on queer studies in an Asian context. Featuring case studies and original research from across the continent, covering the Middle East, South and East Asia, and Asian diasporas, the collection offers a genuinely pan-Asian perspective which places queer Asian identities and movements in dialogue with each other, rather than within a Western framework.

By considering how queerness is imagined within plural Asian experiences and contexts, the contributors show a that re-envisioning of ‘queer’ through Asian perspectives has the potential to challenge existing discourses and debates in the wider field of contemporary gender, sexuality, and queer studies.

Author Bio

J. Daniel Luther is a doctoral researcher at SOAS, University of London, and is beginning a Visiting Research Fellowship at Kings College London. Luther is also co-founder of the annual Queer Asia international conference and film festival.

Jennifer Ung Loh is a research associate with the South Asia Institute at SOAS, University of London, and previously lectured at De Montfort University. She is also a committee member and conference organiser for the Queer Asia conference.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword – Matthew Waites
  • Introduction - J. Daniel Luther and Jennifer Ung Loh
  • Part I: Negotiations
  • 1. Under Empire and the Modern State: Unravelling ‘Queer Precarities’ Inside Global Assemblages - Ahmad Ibrahim
  • 2. Reimagining HIV in Indonesian online media: a discussion of two recent Indonesian webseries – Ben Murtagh
  • 3. Rich In Desire: Sexualities and Fantasies Deriving from Poverty, Stigmatisation and Oppression – He Xiaopei
  • 4. Mithliyy, mithlak: language and LGBTQ Activism in Lebanon and Palestine - Gabriel Semerene
  • Interview with Alana EISSA: Trans Activism in Malaysia and the UK Asylum Process
  • Part II: Traces and Ambiguities
  • 5. Queer Desires and Satirised Empires: Notes on Aubrey Menen’s A Conspiracy of Women (1965) - David Lunn
  • 6. Queer Objects: An Archive for the Future – Loo Zihan
  • 7. The Isolated Queer Body: Harisu’s Dodo Cosmetics Advertisement - Kate Korroch
  • Interview with Floyd Tiogangco: Filmmaking and Gender Expression in The Philippines
  • Part III: Coalitions and Fractures
  • 8. Intersex Advocacy in Chinese/Sinophone Contexts - A Primer, accompanied by an Interview with Activist Small LUK - Geoffrey Yeung
  • 9. Queer Asia’s Body Without Organs: In the Making of Queer/Decolonial Politics – Po-Han Lee
  • 10. Feminist and Queer Perspectives in West Asia: Complicities and Tensions - Nadje AL-ALI and Ghiwa Sayegh
  • Interview with Alqumit Alhamad: Art and Intersections from Syria to Sweden
  • Epilogue - J. Daniel Luther and Jennifer Ung Loh


'Bursting forth online and in various spaces, ‘Queer’ Asia is certainly one of the most energetic and exciting phenomena to emerge in gender and sexuality studies, and queer politics, over recent years. Blending academic research and critical theory with the cultural and the political the ‘Queer’ Asia network has successfully contributed to redefining the landscape and geopolitics of global queer studies'
Matthew Waites, University of Glasgow

'Both being queer and being Asian remain alienating experiences today. This sophisticated volume examines their negotiated syncopation in diverse ordinary contexts. The chapters build a timely solidarity across disciplinary, professional, identitarian, and geopolitical lines to de-universalize Western privilege and unleash the power of liminal synergies'
Howard H. Chiang, University of California, Davis


Publication Date: 15 May 2019
304 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781786995810
Hardback: 9781786995827
eBook ePub: 9781786995841
eBook PDF: 9781786995834
eBook Kindle: 9781786995858

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