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The Romance of the Amazing Scalpel

Aren Z. Aizura

in Queer Bangkok

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083046
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083046.003.0008
The Romance of the Amazing Scalpel

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This chapter argues that Thai gender-reassignment surgery (GRS) must be theorized as a market, embedded in the historical and economic context of its local development. It investigates how Thai tourist-marketing strategies are always already inflected by a Euro-American, orientalist discourse, wherein Thailand is imagined as the ultimate space of exotic transformation and the fulfilment of desire across multiple sites. The chapter also presents non-Thai trans women's accounts of GRS in Thailand to highlight the pervasive sense that being present in Thailand somehow facilitates the experience of psychic transformation towards femininity for non-Thai trans women.

Keywords: gender reassignment; GRS; tourist-marketing strategies; exotic transformation; trans women

Chapter.  8699 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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