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Wednesday Gender Seminar: The Hidden Side of the Tongzhi Movement: Narratives from Older Gay Men in Hong Kong

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Date: 29th October 2014 (Wednesday)
Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Venue: CKB109 (Chen Kou Bun Building, Chung Chi College, CUHK)
Topic: The Hidden Side of the Tongzhi Movement: Narratives from Older Gay Men in Hong Kong
Speaker: Dr. Travis Kong Shiu Ki (Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong)
Moderator:Dr. Cho Man-kit (aka siu CHO, lecturer, Gender Studies Programme, CUHK)

Description:
Based on an ongoing oral history project of older gay men (60+) in Hong Kong since 2009, this paper discusses how they have negotiated same-sex intimacy in everyday sites in the 1940-50s when they were teens and at present (2000s-) when they become older. Using a post-structuralist conception of power/resistance and identity formation, this paper argues that the major everyday sites such as the family home, the public toilet, and even gay exclusive space are all sites of governmentality/resistance, domination/subversion and surveillance/desire. Class and age are two important social capitals of Hong Kong gay men to manoeuvre in various hierarchical social and sexual spaces. Through their radical use of space, this paper shows how a tongzhi counterpublic can be imagined, created and practiced under heteronormativity and homonormativity in both the heterosexual and the homosexual worlds. By challenging the public/private forms of intimacy and by exposing the domination of hetero/homo-normativities of tongzhi lives, this paper rethinks the meanings of tongzhi liberation and resistance in Hong Kong.

Biography:
Travis S.K. Kong is Associate Professor in Sociology and Programme Director of Master of Social Sciences in Media, Culture and Creative Cities at The University of Hong Kong. For many years, he has been researching gender, sexuality, media and culture. Critically applying contemporary Western sociological theories to the studies of homosexuality, commercial sex and intimate cultures in Hong Kong and mainland China, he aims to offer new understandings of Chinese sexuality, gender, desire, identity and intimacy that are compatible to local discourses. To date, his articles have appeared in international journals such as Body & Society, Sexualities, Gender, Work & Organization, Deviant Behavior, Critical Asian Studies, Lancet and AIDS Care. He is the author of Chinese Male Homosexualities: Memba, Tongzhi and Golden Boy (Routledge, 2011) and 《男男正傳︰香港年長男同志口述史》 (香港︰進一步多媒體有限公司,2014. He is co-editor of Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society and member of the international editorial board of darkmatters: in the ruins of imperial culture (UK), Journal of Sociology (Australia), and Journal of Homosexuality (US).

For enquiries, 查詢請致電 tel: 3943-1026 電郵email: genderstudies@cuhk.edu.hk

Website 網頁http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/gender

Co-organized by Gender Studies Programme and Gender Research Centre, CUHK

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