Funny boys and girls: Notes on a queer South Asian Planet

Gayatri Gopinath

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    What does it mean to queer the diaspora3? The question was at the back of my m ind as I walked into a recent panel discussion entitled “Queer Festivals Go Global, " organized by the 1994 New York Experimental Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and but one of a spate of recent events4 that seem to be positing a notion of a shared alterior sexuality that exists across national boundaries. As I listened to the discussion, it became increasingly obvious to me how complicated it is to think in terms of a queer diaspora: the notions of both “queer” and “diaspora” connote highly contested terrain, where it is difficult if not impossible to avoid falling into murky territory while trying to negotiate a path around existing and competing discourses on sexuality, class, “culture, " and language. In fact, I walked away from the event more aware than ever of the ways in which a project of constructing a diasporic queerness-on the part of queer activists, scholars, and cultural producers-is fraught with both pleasures and dangers.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationAsian American Sexualities
    Subtitle of host publicationDimensions of the Gay and Lesbian Experience
    PublisherTaylor and Francis
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)9781134717781
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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