Queer Voices from Japan: First Person Narratives from Japan's Sexual Minorities

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

The Gay and Lesbian Review
Queer Voices from Japan gives an informative and trustworthy account of Japanese GLBT people. It has brought into the light of day many voices which had almost disappeared from history.
Sabine Frühstück
With Queer Voices of Japan Mark Mclelland, James Welker, and Katsuhiko Suganuma have put together a marvelous collection of first-person accounts of queer lives since World War II which deserves to be on the reading list of every course dealing with the study of sexuality. The book offers an impressive variety of memoirs, interviews and roundtables, many of them stunning, moving, raw and original.
Japanese Studies
This book is one of these hard-to-put-down collections of essays making original intellectual contributions that would be impossible to condense into a standard social history, converying a plurality of perspectives on queer issues in Japan....the current volume is a laudable collaborative work which involves numerous translators, editors and contributors, all of whom have come together to produce an excellent queer handbook of postwar Japanese society.
Social Science Japan Journal, October 2008 - Akiko Shimizu
The sincerity and the courage with which the ditors undertook this project, to say nothing of the importance of the collected materials for related academic fields, cannot be overestimated...[it is] a highly informative collection [that] can be seen as an ambitious forerunner to a wider and more extensive archival project to come in the future....A great contribution to the English-speaking academic community....the wide variety of collected materials is truly informative and can provide an excellent source with which to deepen the understanding of Japanese queer cultures.
Karen Kelsky
The editors have performed an invaluable service to the field in making these texts by and about queer Japanese people available in English for the first time. Their choice of materials is wide-ranging and representative of many important sectors of the queer community in Japan. This collection fills a major gap, and does so with style, sensitivity, and understanding.
The Gay & Lesbian Review
Queer Voices from Japan gives an informative and trustworthy account of Japanese GLBT people. It has brought into the light of day many voices which had almost disappeared from history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739108659
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: AsiaWorld Series
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark McLelland is lecturer in sociology in the School of Social Science, Media, and Communication at the University of Wollongong. Katsuhiko Suganuma is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English with Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. James Welker is a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Table of Contents

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

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