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Tiantian Zheng

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780816691999

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816691999.001.0001

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A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park

(p.1) Introduction A Walk in the Park
Tongzhi Living

Tiantian Zheng

University of Minnesota Press

Zheng describes terminology used by the LGBT community in China, such as “tongzhi.” She also explains cultural traditions related to same-sex behaviour among Chinese men in Dalian that she has observed, as well as the general cultural response to these behaviors. She discusses the debate between local essentialism and Western homogenization, as well as Chinese views on gender and sexuality and how they relate to politics. Finally, she explains the process that she went through in her fieldwork as she conducted her research.

Keywords:   tonngzhi, Asian studies, Chinese culture, LGBT, local essentialism, Western homogenization, ethnography

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