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Imagining Gay Paradise: Bali, Bangkok, and Cyber-Singapore
The book depicts gay paradises in Southeast Asia and the men who created them. It studies the obstacles gay men have faced in securing a voice as citizens, and how they used images of paradise in Bali, Bangkok, and Singapore to create a sense of refuge, construct homes for themselves, and dissent from typical notions of manhood and masculinity. For gender studies and South ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Hong Kong University Press
(first published October 1st 2011)
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Biographies of a variety of gay men (king, painter, bathhouse owner, and blogger) presented against the backdrop of the cultural history of Singapore, Bali and Bangkok. Their work in creating a gay safe place for themselves and others as the region tries to define itself by the absorption of the Wester ideals of monogamy, the creation of an image of the Asian male and the pursuit of sexual justice. Somewhat awkward in narrative.
Gary L. Atkins is an award-winning journalist whose works include the critically acclaimed Gay Seattle: Stories of Exile and Belonging and his new book, Imagining Gay Paradise: Bali, Bangkok and Cyber-Singapore. He specializes in creative non-fiction journalism, fusing an easy-to-read narrative style powered by strong characters with questions about history, geography, communication, and social j ...more