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Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Postsocialist China

Tiantian Zheng


Tongzhi, which translates into English as “same purpose” or “same will,” was once widely used to mean “comrade.” Since the 1990s, the word has been appropriated by the LGBT community in China and now refers to a broad range of people who do not espouse heteronormativity. Tongzhi Living, the first study of its kind, offers insights into the community of same-sex-attracted men in the metropolitan city of Dalian in northeast China. Based on ethnographic fieldwork by Tiantian Zheng, the book reveals an array of coping mechanisms developed by tongzhi men in response to rapid social, cultural, and p ... More

Keywords: LGBT, Asian studies, cultural criticism, social prejudice, activism, Chinese history, Chinese culture, ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816691999
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816691999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tiantian Zheng, author
State University of New York