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

By Katsuhiko Suganuma

This ebook sheds mild on 'contact moments' among jap male-queer tradition and that of the West within the postwar interval, and opinions a number of modern examples of chronic Orientalism and nativism. concentrating on a number jap in addition to English male-queer fabrics together with magazines, memoirs and cybertexts, Suganuma indicates how the interactions of the 2 cultures affected the topic formation technique of queer selves. The situations tested variety from the hentai magazines of the Nineteen Fifties and their depiction of guys who had intercourse with overseas 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 happen and Fushimi within the 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 trend of illustration manifesting gender anxieties between eastern males (both heterosexual and gay) who came across themselves feminized via defeat within the battle. He attracts on Dyer's realizing 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 realizing of the actions of GJN additionally as an area of mediation instead of easily as a wholesale importation of yankee or 'global homosexual' tradition. Suganuma argues that the binaries of cross-cultural comparability (local/global, Japan/West, acts/identities, and us/them) will be generative and efficient in addition to repressive and reductive.

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

"This booklet forces readers to think—not near to fetishized 'Japan' but in addition approximately themselves, in regards to the energy and politics taken with 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 wide assurance might be useful it to discover a comparatively huge readership." — Chris Berry, Goldsmiths, collage of London

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