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Coming Out in Japan

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The authors tell their story of publicly declaring their homosexuality and dedicating their lives to combating prejudice and discrimination against homosexuals in Japan. They describe their fears, despair, self-loathing, aspirations, traumas, triumphs, and love. They also discuss the process of self
Paperback, 337 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Trans Pacific Press
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Ivan
Considering the acceptance, and even prevalence among higher classes, of homosexuality in medieval Japan, I was extremely surprised that homosexuals suffered discrimination and contempt in a traditionally open sexual culture. It may be surprising, but even if Japan escaped the mind-numbing Christian proselytism, a part of sexual freedom in Japan succumbed to the politics of national construction in pre-Meiji and Meiji period, as well as post-war reconstruction, which forced extremely limited gen ...more
Polina
"there exist within Japanese society, and yet apart from it, numerous minority groupings which are not highly visible."
«it is rare in Japan for couples to show just how light and happy love can make you and how love can provide the strength needed to cope with life. I keenly felt that the underlying reason for the Japanese hesitancy and inability to speak openly about love is to be found in an acceptance of the notion of there being an unavoidable complexity surrounding human relationships.»

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