Wenqing Kang

in Obsession

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099807
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207233 | DOI:

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This chapter looks at the content of various Western sexological writings about homosexuality. The dissemination of this new knowledge across China meant that attention shifted toward sexual relations between men who shared the same social status. Also, the chapter looks into how the motivations of those who introduced “sexuality” as a term may have linked the term with the political and social contexts of colonial modernity. “Homosexuality” could refer to same-sex sex(uality) or same-sex love at the same time. This term was seen in manuals for sexual education, journals, and urban tabloid newspapers. Male same-sex relations were the subject of several heated debates in educational books and journals that expressed interest toward Western sexological ideas. This chapter first discusses the debate between Hu Qiuyuan and Yang Youtian, the questions brought about by the new homosexuality concept, and Pan Guangdan's 1946 sexological treaties.

Keywords: sexological writings; homosexuality; sexual relations; same-sex love; Yang Youtian; Hu Qiuyuan

Chapter.  8447 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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