Contact Moments: The Politics of Intercultural Desire in by Katsuhiko Suganuma

By Katsuhiko Suganuma

This booklet sheds gentle on 'contact moments' among eastern male-queer tradition and that of the West within the postwar interval, and evaluations a number of modern examples of chronic Orientalism and nativism. concentrating on various eastern in addition to English male-queer fabrics together with magazines, memoirs and cybertexts, Suganuma exhibits how the interactions of the 2 cultures affected the topic formation technique of queer selves. The cases tested diversity from the hentai magazines of the Fifties and their depiction of fellows who had intercourse with international males (mostly American servicemen); the depiction of race within the journal Barazoku; John Whittier Treat's memoir of his sabbatical in Japan and his depiction of his personal Orientalism; the writings and methods of ensue and Fushimi within the Nineteen Nineties; and the GJN information website.

The writer sees the depiction of and response to eastern males who had intercourse with foreigners within the hentai magazines as a part of a bigger development of illustration manifesting gender anxieties between jap males (both heterosexual and gay) who came across themselves feminized by way of defeat within the conflict. He attracts on Dyer's figuring out of whiteness as a versatile default place in his dialogue of Barazoku, yet argues that during this situation Japaneseness is the default place and whiteness is othered. In his ultimate bankruptcy, he argues for an figuring out of the actions of GJN additionally as an area of mediation instead of easily as a wholesale importation of yank or 'global homosexual' tradition. Suganuma argues that the binaries of cross-cultural comparability (local/global, Japan/West, acts/identities, and us/them) might be generative and effective in addition to repressive and reductive.

Katsuhiko Suganuma is assistant professor within the middle for foreign schooling and examine at Oita college, Japan.

"This publication forces readers to think—not as regards to fetishized 'Japan' but in addition approximately themselves, concerning the energy and politics fascinated about what passes for wisdom approximately different cultures, and their very own funding and involvement in these politics." — J. Keith Vincent, Boston collage

"The paintings is unique and insightful, and its large insurance may help it to discover a comparatively huge readership." — Chris Berry, Goldsmiths, college of London

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