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Imagining gay paradise : Bali, Bangkok, and cyber-Singapore

Author: Gary Atkins
Publisher: Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press ; Chiang Mai, Thailand : Silkworm Books ; London : Eurospan [distributor], 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Southeast Asia edView all editions and formats
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"The book depicts gay paradises in Southeast Asia and the men who created them. It studies the obstacles gay men have faced in securing a voice as citizens, and how they used images of paradise in Bali, Bangkok, and Singapore to create a sense of refuge, construct homes for themselves, and dissent from typical notions of manhood and masculinity. For gender studies and Southeast Asian studies, it provides a 'queer  Read more...
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Named Person: Walter Spies; Stuart Koe; Khun Toc; Vajiravudh, King of Siam; Khun Toc / Influence.; Stuart / Influence Koe; Walter / Influence Spies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Atkins
ISBN: 9789888083244 9888083244 9786162150364 6162150364 9789888083237 9888083236
OCLC Number: 769547251
Description: x, 316 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: At the end of empires. The triple supremacy --
The problem with home (1) --
Men of the feast : Saranrom --
The escape from Nosferatu --
A new man for Siam --Magical reality, running amok --
Men of the dance --
The triple taboo --
A pivotal year --
A final chord --
Dancing with Ezekiel --
Transition : a murder for paradise --
The hope for a better age. Nanyang family --
Men of the feast : Babylon --
The problem with home (2) --
A new man for Thailand --
Men of the net --
A pivotal day --
Dancing under the Merlion --
A new nation.
Responsibility: Gary L. Atkins.
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"The book depicts gay paradises in Southeast Asia and the men who created them. It studies the obstacles gay men have faced in securing a voice as citizens, and how they used images of paradise in Bali, Bangkok, and Singapore to create a sense of refuge, construct homes for themselves, and dissent from typical notions of manhood and masculinity. For gender studies and Southeast Asian studies, it provides a 'queer reading' of Walter Spies, a gay German painter who in the 1930s helped turn Bali into an island imagined as an ideal male aesthetic state. Secondly, the book provides a historical account of the absorption of Western notions of romantic heterosexual monogamy in Thailand during the reign of King Rama VI and the resistance to those notions expressed through an architectural paradise called Babylon founded by a Thai known as Khun Toc. Finally, it describes the 'cyber-paradise' of Fridae.com created by a young Singaporean named Stuart Koe. Collectively, the study examines the pursuit of sexual justice, the ideologies of manhood they challenged, and the geographic and online spaces they created"--Publisher's website.

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An innovative, highly readable, nonfictional account of masculinity and gay male sexuality in Southeast Asia since the early 20th century... Highly recommended. Choice

 
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