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dc.contributor.authorTam, Michelle
dc.contributor.otherQueen's University (Kingston, Ont.). Theses (Queen's University (Kingston, Ont.))en
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_US
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dc.subjectgenderen_US
dc.subjectsexualityen_US
dc.subjectLGBTQen_US
dc.subjectChineseen_US
dc.subjectChinese Canadianen_US
dc.subjectdiasporaen_US
dc.subjectraceen_US
dc.subjectqueer theoryen_US
dc.subjectcritical race theoryen_US
dc.subjectnon-binaryen_US
dc.subjectqueer womenen_US
dc.subjectbelongingen_US
dc.subjectqueer liberalismen_US
dc.subjectqueer (and) Chineseen_US
dc.subjecthomeen_US
dc.subjecterotic autonomyen_US
dc.subjectqueer diasporaen_US
dc.subjectqueer Asian diasporaen_US
dc.subjectAsian diasporaen_US
dc.subjectqueer Asianen_US
dc.subjectacceptanceen_US
dc.subjectcoming outen_US
dc.subjectChinese Canadian LGBTQen_US
dc.subjectcitizenshipen_US
dc.subjectnational belongingen_US
dc.subjectnationalismen_US
dc.subjectracializationen_US
dc.subjectracismen_US
dc.subjectmulticulturalismen_US
dc.subjectsexualen_US
dc.subjectfamilyen_US
dc.subjectcommunityen_US
dc.subjectcolonialismen_US
dc.subjectimperialismen_US
dc.titleQueer (and) Chinese: On Be(long)ing in Diaspora and Coming Out of Queer Liberalismen_US
dc.typethesisen
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
dc.contributor.supervisorMorgensen, Scott Lauria
dc.contributor.departmentGender Studiesen_US


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