ICC Collaborative Research Unit on Multiculturalism in Asian Societies presents a workshop on

Boundary Crossing - Sex & Gender in Context

a follow-up to the workshop entitled "Sexual Boundary Crossings and Sexual Contact Zones in East Asia"

Dec 10, 2011 (Saturday) at Room 301, 3F, Building 10, Sophia University

Abstracts for the afternoon session presentation 2

Identity Boundaries of Christian College Students in Same-Sex Relationships: Examining race, religion, and sexuality
Joshua Moon JOHNSON:
University of California, Santa Barbara

This project examined the experiences of ten Christian college students who were in same-sex relationships. Each of the students had early experiences related to family, religious, and educational socialization which framed the way in which they experienced their same-sex relationships as either White-American college students or queer students of color. Although there were many positive outcomes of being in a same-sex relationship while in college, all of the participants described internal and external conflicts in which they had to manage. The major identity conflicts can be described in five categories; A) Seeking family support, B) Hiding relationships, C) Seeking community acceptance, D) Deconstructing socialization, and E) Doubting the morality of the relationship. As participants struggled to overcome internal and external conflicts they relied on a variety of institutional and individual resources which provided support to them as they attempted to resolve challenges with their religious, racial, spiritual, and sexual identities. Some institutional support systems included university lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) campus centers and student organizations, supportive and well-informed counselors, and openly affirming churches. Some of the individual support systems included university student affairs staff members, close friends, wellness and stress management events, and media forms that positively portrayed non-heterosexual people. 

Queer Generation 1: Older Gay Men’s Boundary Crossing in Colonial Hong Kong
Travis S. K. KONG:
The University of Hong Kong

Based on the narratives of fifteen older (aged 60 or above) gay men in Hong Kong using an oral history method, I will discuss how they negotiated same-sex intimacy in everyday sites in the 1940-50s when they were teens. Through radical practice of transgressing the boundary of the public/private, legal/criminal, hetero/homo spaces, I will argue how these men turned the family home and the public toilet from the site of governmentality, domination and surveillance into resistance, subversion and desire. A queer counterpublic, no matter how fleeting and ephemeral, was imagined, created and practiced. This paper concludes that these men, when become older, have encountered more problems in both the heterosexual and the homosexual world, the latter being emerged since the 1990s.

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