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dc.contributor.authorTam, Michelleen
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-29T15:46:07Z
dc.date.available2018-09-29T15:46:07Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/24902
dc.description.abstractBeing bicultural, Chinese Canadian LGBTQ people face a double jeopardy in navigating a white heteropatriarchal society while striving for acceptance within their own Chinese Canadian communities. My project records the coming out and not-coming out stories of Chinese Canadian LGBQ women and non-binary people in order to interpret their understandings of the process of coming out/not coming out in relation to the formations of sexual, gender, racial/ethnic, and national identities in the context of diaspora. Based on interviews and a focus group conducted in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, this project examines whether home, recognition, Chinese nationalism and familial values are sites of exclusion and if so, how youth reconcile these tensions. This research expands beyond the visibility of gay, bisexual, and queer men within extant social science accounts of Asian diaspora LGBTQ people by focusing on women and non-binary members of Chinese Canadian communities. I employ a queer diasporic approach centering female subjectivity and standards of femininity and masculinity to conceptualize diaspora outside of heteronormative and patriarchal structures of family and community (Gopinath, 2005). I examine diverse points of tension and reconciliation in the narratives of youth who have and who have not experienced “coming out”. The analysis is built from three major insights introduced by narrators to illuminate Chinese Canadian experiences of queer diaspora: the instability of queer (and) Chinese subjectivity; sense of belonging and acceptance; and logics of modernity, progress and queer liberalism as continued racialization, colonialism and imperialism in disguise. I document how tensions among Chinese Canadians regarding sexuality and embracing or resisting change articulate racial and colonial histories and the fraught locations of Chinese Canadians within a white settler state. I argue that histories of racism, colonialism, and migration place Chinese Canadian families in tension with forms of citizenship and national belonging that are defined by historical politics of sexuality. This research is also concerned with the ways in which these histories may inform the location of Chinese communities within contemporary Canadian multiculturalism, which perpetuates whiteness through its embrace of queer liberalism (Alexander, 2005; Eng, 2010; Lowe, 2015; Manalansan, 2003; Shah, 2001).en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
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dc.subjectGenderen
dc.subjectSexualityen
dc.subjectLGBTQen
dc.subjectChineseen
dc.subjectChinese Canadianen
dc.subjectDiasporaen
dc.subjectRaceen
dc.subjectQueer Theoryen
dc.subjectCritical Race Theoryen
dc.subjectNon-Binaryen
dc.subjectQueer Womenen
dc.subjectBelongingen
dc.subjectQueer Liberalismen
dc.subjectQueer (and) Chineseen
dc.subjectHomeen
dc.subjectErotic Autonomyen
dc.subjectQueer Diasporaen
dc.subjectQueer Asian Diasporaen
dc.subjectAsian Diasporaen
dc.subjectQueer Asianen
dc.subjectAcceptanceen
dc.subjectComing Outen
dc.subjectChinese Canadian LGBTQen
dc.subjectCitizenshipen
dc.subjectNational Belongingen
dc.subjectNationalismen
dc.subjectRacializationen
dc.subjectRacismen
dc.subjectMulticulturalismen
dc.subjectSexualen
dc.subjectFamilyen
dc.subjectCommunityen
dc.subjectColonialismen
dc.subjectImperialismen
dc.titleQueer (and) Chinese: On Be(long)ing in Diaspora and Coming Out of Queer Liberalismen
dc.typethesisen
dc.description.degreeM.A.en
dc.contributor.supervisorMorgensen, Scott Lauriaen
dc.contributor.departmentGender Studiesen
dc.degree.grantorQueen's University at Kingstonen


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