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Shawna Tang and Hendri Yulius Wijaya present a range of new and established scholarly voices, including local activists directly involved in developments in Southeast Asia. 

This groundbreaking collection presents the current state of play and longstanding LGBTQ+ debates in this often overlooked region of Asia. The diversity of both the subject and the region is reflected in the broad scope of topics addressed, from the impact of Japanese queer popular culture on queer Filipinos, to the politics of public toilets in Singapore and the impact of digital governance on queer communities across ASEAN. Taken in combination, these investigations not only highlight the operations of queer politics in Southeast Asia, but also present a concrete basis to reflect on queer knowledge production in the region.

A vital resource for students and scholars of gender and sexuality in Southeast Asia, or any Queer or LGBTQ+ studies looking beyond the West.

This volume consists of the following 16 (sixteen) chapters: 

1. Introduction: Queer Southeast Asia: Itineraries, Stop-Overs, and Delays by Shawna Tang and Hendri Yulius Wijaya 

2. An Inter-Asia History of Transpuan in Indonesia by Benjamin Hegarty 

3. Exploring Southeast Asian Queer Migrant Biographies: Queer Utopia, Capacitations, and Debilitations by Quah Ee Ling Sharon and Shawna Tang 

4. Japanese Queer Popular Culture and the Production of Sexual Knowledge in the Philippines by Thomas Baudinette 

5. When the Gay Ivy Comes to (U)Town: The Globalisation of Higher Education and the Possibilities of Queer Student Activism in Singapore by Daryl WJ Yang and Yogesh Tulsi 

6. Emergent Queer Identities in 20th Century Films from Southeast Asia by Atit Pongpanit and Ben Murtagh 

7. Endurance as Queer Worldmaking in Northern Aceh of Indonesia by Ferdiansyah Thajib 

8. Queer(ing) Indigeneity and The Igorot Lesbians of Hong Kong by Jose Kervin Cesar B. Calabias 

9. Keep Singapore Clean and Chaste: Spatial-Sexual Discipline in Singapore’s Toilet Narratives by Carissa Foo 

10. Independent and Safe Panels for Youths: Queer Comics in a time of Southeast Asian Populism by Kristine Michelle L. Santos 

11.  Viddsee: Queer Assemblages of Short Film Circulation, Distribution, Production, and Reception in Singapore by Sim Jiaying 

12.  Ohm Phanphiroj’s Underage: Some Queer Thoughts on Photography and Night-time Bangkok by Brian Curtin 

13.  Digital Governance, Human Rights Norms, and ASEAN: Sexuality and Gender Rights Meet Surveillance, Networks, and Data by Anthony J. Langlois 

14. Queer Vietnam: Early Notes From Sexuality Studies to Activism by Daniel C. Tsang 

15. Pedagogy of Queer Studies Beyond Empire by Vina Adriany, by Sharon A. Bong, Brian Curtin, Jaya Jacobo and J. Daniel Luther 

16. Queer Southeast Asia: An afterword by Sharyn Graham Davies

Editors: Shawna Tang and Hendri Yulius Wijaya

Paperback Published 2 November 2022 304 pages

"Queer Southeast Asia showcases the current trends and developments of LGBTQ+ debates taking place throughout Southeast Asia. It offers a rich, dynamic collection of theoretical and methodological innovation and scholarship by researchers, activists and educators. Queer Southeast Asia makes a powerful and highly relevant contribution to regional and global discussions involving contemporary LGBTQ+ communities, culture, media and politics, especially in relation to emerging transnational concerns and challenges."---Dr Baden Offord, Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights, Curtin University

"This pioneering book provides an essential guide to queer histories, cultures and social movements in the Southeast Asian context. Challenging a West-centred queer epistemology and championing an Inter-Asian cultural studies approach, this exciting volume places Southeast Asia at the heart of queer knowledge and global queer politics."---Associate Professor Hongwei Bao, author of Queer China, Lesbian and Gay Literature and Visual Culture under Postsocialism 

"Just as queerness implies an unfixed space of change and difference, Southeast Asia represents a region that perpetually defies conventional scholarly practice. At the juncture of these two epistemic formations, this book introduces some of the most cutting-edge research in the study of global queer Asia. It features an impressive diversity of topics, in terms of both breadth and depth, ranging from trans categorization, migrant labor, gay pornography, student activism, film history, postcolonial indigeneity, toiletry habits, queer comics, online video streaming, experimental photography, digital governance, to sexuality studies and queer pedagogy."---Howard Chiang, author of Transtopia in the Sinophone Pacific



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