Political Spaces

Denise Tse-Shang Tang

in Conditional Spaces

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083015
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209855 | DOI:
Political Spaces

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The term tongzhi is contested for its earlier primary definition to mean gay and middle class. It is used within LGBT activist communities and non-governmental organizations to denote politics that aim for equality and human rights. This chapter examines the role of prominent women activists in Hong Kong's tongzhi movement as a means of understanding how the overall political and sociocultural environment in Hong Kong affects one's perspectives on social justice, civic engagement, and sexual identities. The informants with activist backgrounds chose to use either their real names or pseudonyms used in the media. The chapter begins with a bold assumption that Hong Kong's tongzhi movement is a conflicted political site where recent gains have been made in regards to public visibility and issue-based demands due to heightened awareness on human rights, global inequalities, social justice, and corporate greed.

Keywords: tongzhi; LGBT activist communities; non-governmental organizations; women activists; Hong Kong

Chapter.  9682 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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