Insightful writings

from Press News, posted 02/10/2016 - 12:30

The first review of Queer/Tongzhi China – edited by Elisabeth L. Engebretsen and William F. Schroeder with Hongwei Bao and published by NIAS Press some months ago – has just appeared. And the assessment is very positive. It calls the volume one “that is firmly grounded in activism and theoretically rigorous in its academic reach.”

In her review for the LSE Review of Books, Denise Tse-Shang Tang of the University of Hong Kong explores the volume in its many dimensions, noting especially the interweaving of solid academic research with the more personal contributions of different artists and activists (a potentially disastrous mixture handled deftly by the editors). She singles out several ethnographies for particular praise and concludes:

This volume of insightful writings not only redirects the focus of queer Chinese politics to the realm of social activism and everyday life, but also, as Huang’s chapter cogently puts it, lifts ‘China out of the theoretical ghetto’.

The full review is available here.


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