The article discusses the tension in the Chinese indigenous terminology for male same-sex relations which was similar to Eve Sedgwich's description of the Western modern homosexual/heterosexual definition. It argues that the Western sexological concept of homosexuality was accepted in the early 20th century China and notes that its legal apparatus had no clear stipulations on sex between men. It indicates how writers during the first half of the 20th century were more concerned with the proper gender behavior and the image of the nation than sex itself.
Kang, Wenqing, "Male Same-Sex Relations in Modern China: Language, Media Representation, and Law, 1900–1949" (2010). History Faculty Publications. 102.
Wenqing, K. (2010). Male Same-Sex Relations in Modern China: Language, Media Representation, and Law, 1900-1949. Positions, 18(2), 489-510. doi:10.1215/10679847-2010-011
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