Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Asian Awakening

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Asian Awakening

Article excerpt

Never before have we seen as much LGBT art and activism coming out of repressive Asian countries like China, Singapore, and Taiwan. Transgress Press (@trans_books) recently published Lei Ming's Life Beyond My Body, the first book written by a transgender man in China. After a neglected childhood in a rural Chinese village, Ming left home at 16 to find answers to who he is in a culture that still doesn't speak of men like him. Ming, who is in the U.S. for a spring book tour of the West coast, tells of using black market testosterone, being jailed over his identity--but most of all, of finding his place in the world.

Meanwhile, in May, New York Review Book Classics (@NYRBClassics) releases Qiu Miaojin's Notes of a Crocodile, with a new English translation by Bonnie Huie. Hugely popular among college-educated lesbian and bisexual women in Taiwan and mainland China (though she was never published there), 26-year-old Miaojin stabbed herself in the heart with an ice pick (or knife) in 1995. Her pre-suicide depression never tampered her brilliance, though, and just after her death she was given one of Taiwan's most prestigious literary prizes for the book. …

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