Contributors to Intersections:

Of Queer Import(s): Sexualities, Genders and Rights in Asia

J. Edgar Bauer received his PhD from the University of Wroclaw, Poland. He has held university appointments in Berlin, Edinburgh, Heidelberg, Jerusalem, Kiel, Lima, Paris, Stuttgart, Tübingen and Ulm. His main research interests are in the areas of philosophy, gender studies, the history of psychoanalysis and contemporary religious thought. He has served as member of the Comité de rédaction and Responsable scientifique of the Encyclopédie philosophique universelle (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1992). His current research focuses on the connections between the sexological programs of Magnus Hirschfeld and Alfred C. Kinsey. His most recent/forthcoming publications include 'Mêmeté and the critique of sexual difference: on Monique Wittig's deconstruction of the symbolic order and the site of the neuter,' in Ctheory (ed. Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, 2005, URL:; 'Vilém Flusser: Telematická Post-História a Mesiášsky Príchod Času' / ' Vilém Flusser: telematic post-history and the messianic advent of time,' in Moderné Náboženstvo / Modern Religion (ed. Silvia Josefčiaková, Bratislava: Ústav pre vzt'ahy štátu a cirkví, 2005); and 'Die Devise und ihr Nachklang. Zur allerneuesten Fortsetzung der Nicht-Rezeption von Magnus Hirschfelds sexueller Zwischenstufenlehre' [The maxim and its echo: on the most recent continuation of the non-reception of Magnus Hirschfeld's doctrine of sexual intermediaries], in Capri, Zeitschrift für schwule Geschichte 39 (October 2006).

Anne Beaumont has recently gained her PhD in the Department of Sociology, at the University of Essex, England. Her thesis title is: '"Betwixt and between": a comparative study of the transgender experience in Britain and Thailand.'
Gilbert Caluya is a Filipino-Australian who is completing his Ph.D. with the Gender Studies Department at the University of Sydney where he also lectures and tutors. In 2003, he received the University Medal and was simultaneously awarded the Lesbian and Gay Archives Thesis Prize for his auto-ethnographic research on gay Asian males in Australia. He has been published in The Journal of Intercultural Studies and has recently co-written a chapter with Elspeth Probyn to be published in The Handbook of Cultural Analysis, edited by Tony Bennett and John Frow. Currently, he is researching the cultural geography of terror in Australia's history.
Niladri Chatterjee is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, University of Kalyani, West Bengal, India. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to the University of Texas at Austin and the British Council Charles Wallace Fellowship to Downing College, Cambridge, Mr. Chatterjee regularly publishes on twentieth century fiction. His current area of interest is the literary representation of the post-colonial queer. His publications include an entry on Mulk Raj Anand in Reader's Companion to 20th Century Writers (London: Fourth Estate, Helicon, 1995), an entry on Nirad C. Chaudhuri in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004), and an interview with the artist Don Bachardy in The Isherwood Century: Essays on the Life and Work of Christopher Isherwood (University of Wisconsin Press, 2000). He is also a co-editor of The Muffled Heart: Stories of the Disempowered Male (New Delhi: Rupa, 2005), a volume of Indian short stories translated from various languages.

Subhash Chandra is Reader in English, at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi. He has published extensively and is the author of The Fiction of J.D. Salinger: A Study in the Concept of Man (New Delhi: Prestige Books, 2000) and editor of Thomas Hardy: A Collection of Critical Essays (New Delhi: Prestige Books, 1999), Mohan Rakesh's Halfway House: Critical Perspectives (New Delhi: Asia Book Club 2001) and Lesbian Voices: Canada and the World: Theory, Literature, Cinema (New Delhi: Allied Publishers, 2006). He has also published several articles in critical anthologies and research journals. He has presented papers at national and international conferences and seminars in Australia, Israel, Hong Kong and Nepal and at various universities in India, in addition to delivering lectures at Refresher Courses. As a recipient of Shastri Indo-Canadian Fellowship, he worked on a post-doctoral project on multiculturalism at the University of Toronto, Canada. His forthcoming book is Responding to Canadian Mosaic: Multiculturalism, Ethnicity and the Print Media.
John (Song Pae) Cho is a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researching issues of technology and queer sexuality in South Korea. He holds an MA in Culture and Gender Studies from Yonsei University. His master's thesis, 'The body politics of Korean gay men in gay consumer spaces' (2003), examines how South Korean gay men resignified the meaning of their desires, from 'pathology' and 'pollution' to 'desire' and 'pleasure' through embodied practices of drinking, dancing and having sex within the numerous gay consumer spaces of gay bars, gay bathhouses and gay dance-clubs that sprang up in South Korea after 1995. His dissertation project investigates how Korean gay men combine the Internet (with features such as email, 'IM' (Instant Messaging), webcam-based chatting and video streaming) with forms of mobile technology such as beepers, cellular phones and digital cameras to create what Chris Berry has termed 'queer mobile cultures' within South Korea.

Romit Dasgupta lectures in Japanese, Japanese Studies and Asian Studies in the Discipline of Asian Studies in the School of Social and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia. His research interests include forms of popular culture in Asia and in diasporic Asian communities; constructions of genders and sexualities (in particular, masculinities) in Japan and Asia; and negotiations of 'in-between' identities. He has published in Japanese Studies; Japanese Cybercultures (Routledge, 2003); and East Asian Masculinities: The Meaning and Practice of Manhood in China and Japan (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003). Together with Dr Mark McLelland, he is the co-editor of Genders, Transgenders, and Sexualities in Japan (Routledge, 2005). His most recent publication is the chapter 'The film Bishōnen and Queer(N)Asian through Japanese popular culture,' in Popular Culture, Globalization and Japan (ed. Matthew Allen and Rumi Sakamoto, Routledge, 2006).

James Farrer is Associate Professor of Sociology at Sophia University in Tokyo. He researches sexuality and urban culture in Shanghai and Tokyo. He is author of Opening Up: Youth Sex Culture and Market Reform in Shanghai (University of Chicago Press, 2002)
J. Neil C. Garcia finished his B.A. Journalism (magna cum laude) in the University of Santo Tomas in 1990. He is currently teaching creative writing and comparative literature at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where he also serves as an associate for poetry in the Institute of Creative Writing. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and works in literary and cultural criticism, including Our Lady of the Carnival (1996), The Sorrows of Water (2000), Kaluluwa (2001), Philippine Gay Culture: The Last Thirty Years (1996), Slip/pages: Essays in Philippine Gay Criticism (1998), Performing the Self: Occasional Prose (2003), The Garden of Wordlessness (2005), and Misterios and Other Poems (2005). His latest critical work, Postcolonialism and Filipino Poetics: Essays and Critiques, is a revised version of his Ph.D. dissertation in English Studies: Creative Writing, which he completed in 2003. He is currently working on a full-length book, a postcolonial survey and analysis of Philippine poetry in English.

Carol Johnson Carol Johnson is a Reader in Politics at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Her research interests include the comparative politics of identity, Australian politics and theories of ideology and discourse. Her major publications include The Labor Legacy (Allen and Unwin, 1989) and Governing Change: From Keating to Howard (University of Queensland Press, 2000, 2nd edition forthcoming 2006). Her articles have appeared in journals ranging from the Australian Journal of Political Science to Theory & Society, Sexualities, Ethnicities, Policy and Politics and Women's Studies International Forum.
Lucetta Yip-Lo Kam is writing up her doctoral thesis in the Gender Studies Programme of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and is also a part-time lecturer of gender and sexuality studies. Her doctoral thesis title is 'In the name of love: family and marriage of women with same-sex desires in Shanghai.' Her publications include 'Gender: TB' [TB zhe xingbie], in E-Journal on Hong Kong Cultural and Social Studies 2 (September 2002); 'Noras on the road: family and marriage of lesbian women in Shanghai,' in Journal of Lesbian Studies 10(3/4) (July 2006); 'Recognition through mis-recognition: masculine women in Hong Kong,' in AsiaPacifiQueer: Rethinking Gender and Sexuality in the Asia-Pacific (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming); 'Queer guise for the straight guy: the construction of metrosexuals in Hong Kong,' in Mainstreaming Gender (ed. Fanny Cheung el al., forthcoming). She is the editor and illustrator of her dream project Yueliang de shaodong-tata de chulian gushi: women de zhishu [Lunar desires: her first same-sex love in her own words] (Cultural Act Up, 2001), which includes 26 self-narratives of Chinese women in Hong Kong, Macau and overseas.

Philip Kitley is Chair Professor of Communication and Head, School of Social Science, Media and Communication, University of Wollongong. Philip Kitley's work has focused on television in Indonesia and media policy. A former diplomat posted in Indonesia, Philip Kitley brings a deep personal insight and scholarly practice to his writing on Indonesia. He is the author of Television, Nation and Culture in Indonesia (Ohio University Press, 2000) and Television, Regulation and Civil Society in Asia (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003).
Helen Hok-Sze Leung is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University, Canada. She received a B.A. in English from Oxford University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has published numerous articles on cinema and queer cultural politics. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Undercurrents: Queer Culture and Postcolonial Hong Kong, forthcoming UBC Press.
Mark McLelland Mark McLelland is a sociologist and cultural historian of Japan specialising in the history of sexuality, gender theory and new media. His recent publications have focused on the postwar history of Japanese queer cultures and the development of the Internet in Japan, especially the use of the Internet and other new media by minority communities in Japan and throughout Asia. Major publications include the books: Queer Japan from the Pacific War to The Internet Age (Rowman & Littlefield); Male Homosexuality in Modern Japan: Cultural Myths and Social Realities (RoutledgeCurzon); and the edited collections: Special 'Queer Japan' themed edition of the journal Intersections: Gender History and Culture in the Asian Context; Genders, Transgenders and Sexualities in Japan (Routedge, with Romit Dasgupta) and Japanese Cybercultures (Routledge, with Nanette Gottlieb). Mark is a founding member of the AsiaPacifiQueer research collective which organised the 'Genders, Sexualities & Rights: 1st International Conference of Asian Queer Studies' in Bangkok in 2005. He is currently editing two new collections: Internationalizing Internet Studies (Routledge) with Dr Gerard Goggin of the University of Sydney, and Queer Voices from Japan (Lexington) with Katsuhiko Suganuma (UMelb) and James Welker (UIllinois), and working on a long-term book project tentatively entitled Tokyo: A Queer Cultural History.

Rio Otomo is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Tokyo. She is currently working on the shifting notions of masculinity in modern Japanese literature from Yukio Mishima to Haruki Murakami. She specialises in feminist psychoanalytic literary theory and her recent papers include 'A girl with an amoebic body and her writing machine: Hitomi Kanehara.'
James E. Roberson holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He currently teaches in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Tokyo Jogakkan College and has previously taught in the Department of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University and in the Department of Japanese and Korean Studies at the University of New South Wales. His publications include 'LooChoo beat(s): music in and out of "Okinawa",' in Popular Culture, Globalization and Japan (ed. Matthew Allen and Rumi Sakamoto, Routledge, 2006); 'Fight!! Ippatsu!! "Genki" energy drinks and the marketing of masculine ideology in Japan,' in Men and Masculinities 7(4) (2005); Men and Masculinities in Contemporary Japan: Dislocating the Salaryman Doxa (co-edited with Nobue Suzuki; Routledge, 2003); 'Uchinā pop: place and identity in contemporary Okinawan popular music,' in Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to Japanese and American Power (ed. Laura Hein and Mark Selden, Rowman & Littlefield, 2003); and Japanese Working Class Lives: An Ethnography of Factory Workers (Routledge, 1998).

Jyh Wee Sew has published in the Encyclopedia of Linguistics (Routledge 2005) and performed with two others at Nanyang Playhouse on issues pertaining to motherhood and the loss of family values on 11 May 2005.

Katsuhiko Suganuma is a PhD candidate in the department of English with Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on contemporary Japanese sexuality politics, queer globalisation and post-colonial feminism. His PhD thesis looks at ways in which 'contact moments' between Japanese male-queer culture and that of the West (Euro-America) have affected the identity formation process of Japanese queer selves in post-war Japan. He is a co-editor (with Mark McLelland and James Welker) of Queer Voices from Japan: First-Person Narratives from Japan's Sexual Minorities (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, forthcoming).

Denise Tse Shang Tang is a doctoral candidate at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She received her MA in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include queer pedagogy, lesbian spaces in Hong Kong, gender and sexualities, new media and visual culture. Since 1994, she has been working with marginalized populations in community-based organizations (Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco) in the fields of violence against women, juvenile justice, queer youth, aboriginal, mental health, substance use and HIV/AIDS. Taking a break from social services, she returned to Hong Kong in 2003 and became the Festival Director of the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 2004 and 2005. Currently, she is finishing her thesis on lesbian spaces in Hong Kong and is obsessed with finding the missing ingredients in making the perfect creamy laksa paste.

James Welker is a doctoral student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation project will examine the construction of female genders and sexualities in 1970s and 80s Japan via an analysis of the lesbian community, the women's liberation movement, and sh?jo manga [girls' comics]. His publications include 'Lilies of the margin: beautiful boys and queer female identities in Japan,' in AsiaPacifiQueer: Rethinking Gender and Sexuality in the Asia-Pacific (U of Illinois P, forthcoming); 'Beautiful, borrowed, and bent: boys' love as girls' love in Shōjo Manga,' in Signs 31:3 (Spring 2006); 'Drawing out lesbians: blurred representations of lesbian desire in Shōjo Manga,' in Lesbian Voices: Canada and the World: Theory, Literature, Cinema (Allied Publishers, 2006); 'From The Well of Loneliness to the akarui rezubian: western translations and Japanese lesbian identities' (with Beverley Curran), in Genders, Transgenders, and Sexualities in Japan (Routledge, 2005); and 'Telling her story: narrating a Japanese lesbian community', Japanstudien 16 (2004). He is also a co-editor of and translator for Queer Voices from Japan: First Person Narratives from Japan's Sexual Minorities (with Mark McLelland and Katsuhiko Suganuma; Lexington Books, forthcoming).

Ara Wilson is visiting Associate Professor in Women's Studies at Duke University where she is Director of Sexuality Studies; and Associate Professor of Women's Studies at The Ohio State University. She has conducted research and participated in NGOs in Thailand for more than 15 years. She is the author of The Intimate Economies of Bangkok: Tomboys, Tycoons, and Avon Ladies in the Global City (University of California Press, 2004) and is writing an examination of transnational sexuality called Sexual Latitudes: The Erotic Politics of Globalization.
After working as a teacher and a psychologist in his native England, Sam Winter came out to Asia 22 years ago to work in Hong Kong, where he is currently Associate Professor and Head in the Division of Learning, Development and Diversity in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong. For the last six years, Sam has researched and taught on transgender in Asia. He has also been involved in a group working for transgendered people's rights in Hong Kong. He believes that transgendered people are different, not deviant, and that the only gender identity disorder worthy of the name is the inability (or unwillingness) of society to accept that difference. As Director of the TransgenderASIA Centre (, he hopes to encourage research, education and social action for transgenders in Asia.

Hui Xiao is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her special areas of interest are modern Chinese literature and culture, film studies and gender studies. She has published articles in Orientations: Transcultural Perspectives on Asia, Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies, Asian Cinema, China Society Periodical (Zhongguo shehui daokan), Frontiers (Tianya), China Media Report, Globalization and Chineseness: Postcolonial Readings of Contemporary Culture, and From Camera Lens to Critical Lens: A Collection of Best Essays on Film Adaptation. Currently she is working on her dissertation project entitled 'Representing Chinese style divorces: narratives of gender, class and family in post-Mao Chinese literature and culture.' She also actively engages in research on second-language acquisition and Chinese linguistics, and has published 'L2 acquisition of Chinese syntactic structures' in the proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy, 2004.


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