Dancing under the Merlion

Gary L. Atkins

in Imagining Gay Paradise

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083237
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209305 | DOI:
Dancing under the Merlion

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From a tempting openness in 2003, the Singaporean government and media gradually moved toward more restrictions in 2004. Conflicts over homoerotic imagery and representations of manhood in Singapore's media came when Stuart Koe's Fridae was rapidly expanding as a cyber-community. Gay men became more publicly visible, especially when the Nation party dance was launched, which primarily attracted men as well as a great degree of international attention. Eventually, Singapore's health officials attacked Fridae and the dance parties, accusing both of practices that spread AIDS. The Nation dance became a space for the large public assembly of gay men from throughout Southeast Asia and, as a result, a point of contention over male expressions of identity and body.

Keywords:; Nation party; dance; AIDS

Chapter.  5180 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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