Adventures in the Queer East
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Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia: he can hold his boyfriend's hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognize same-sex marriage. But as the child of immigrants, he's also curious about how different life might have been had he grown up in Asia. So he sets off to meet his fellow Gaysians. Law takes his investigative duties seriously, going nude where required in Balinese sex resorts, sitting backstage for hours with Thai ladyboy beauty contestants, and trying Indian yoga classes designed to cure his homosexuality. The characters he meets from Tokyo's celebrity drag queens to HIV-positive Burmese sex workers and Malaysian ex-gay Christian fundamentalists to Chinese gays and lesbians who marry each other to please their parents all teach him something new about being queer in Asia. At once entertaining and moving, Gaysia is a wild ride and a fascinating quest by a leading Australian writer.
A fascinating ride
With stories that are both playful and painful, political and personal, Benjamin Law takes us through 7 countries in Asia, looking at experiences of LGBTQ people.
Armchair travelers guide to gay Asia
Thanks to Benjamin Law, I feel like I have been all over Asia. I especially enjoyed the India and Japan chapters and feel like I was able to peek into secret worlds I would never have known otherwise. An incredible read!
Read This Now!
This book was a great look into the lives of not only gays, but also Asian and Australian culture. I really feel that I was able breeze through Benjamin Law's effortless writing, and become enveloped in his stories and struggles. A great read!