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Queer Voices from Japan examines the wide range of queer voices in Japan, and the longevity that these minority communities have enjoyed in society. Mark McLelland, Katsuhiko Suganuma, and James Welker bring together historical and contemporary narratives that contribute to the study of sexual identities in Japan. These essays trace the evolution of queer voices in Japan with analyses of the presence of homosexuality in the Japanese Imperial Army, the development of Japan's first gay bars, and same-sex experiences in the pre- and post-war periods. This book offers a variety of perspectives including a range of male-to-female and female-to-male transgender voices and experiences. The broad scope of this volume makes it an invaluable text for understanding the development of Japanese sex and gender categories in the twentieth century. Queer Voices from Japan is a compelling read that will appeal to those interested in Asian studies and human sexuality.
Chapter 1 A Visit with Yuasa Yoshiko, a Dandy Scholar of Russian Literature Chapter 2 My Career in Danshoku: Notes on Sodomy Chapter 3 Nostalgia for My Time in the Army: Concerning Male Nudity and Sadistic Photographs Chapter 4 Minyak Kelapa—A Fragrant Breeze of Homosexuality Chapter 5 Confessions of a Problem: A Round-Table Discussion with Male Prostitutes Chapter 6 Grand Sodomia Conference: A Discussion of the Joys and Agonies of Homosexuality Chapter 7 Lifestyles in the Gay Bars Chapter 8 Roundtable: Female Homos Here We Go Chapter 9 The Era of Dandy Beauties Chapter 10 "Wakakusa no Kai": The First Fifteen Years of Japan's Originial Lesbian Organization Chapter 11 They've Got Their Happy Faces On: The Birth of "Regumi no Gomame" Chapter 12 Japan's Lesbian Movement: Looking Back on Where We Came From Chapter 13 Lesbians Living in the Mountains Chapter 14 Breaking Gender Rules without Remorse Chapter 15 True Tales from Ni-chome Chapter 16 Togo Ken, The Legendary Okama: Burning with Sexual Desire and Revolt Chapter 17 Who Should be Ashamed of Whom? Chapter 18 Reflections on the Tokyo Lesbian and Gay Parade 2000 Chapter 19 How I Became a FtM Transgender Gay Chapter 20 My Life as a "Woman" Chapter 21 My Life as a Hustler