A New Nation

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:
A New Nation

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Singapore exiled the Nation dance in 2005, and it was transplanted to Phuket. Thai government agencies, setting aside their social and moral campaign in the wake of the tsunami, welcomed it. The ongoing conflict between images of manhood in Singapore and the emergence of a public gay voice is described and analyzed in this chapter. The final section closes with a description of the Nation party and with the “sense-making” of it done afterwards by participants online. Like the kecak choreographed by Walter Spies, the Nation dance fuses sound, light, and rhythm into a contentious space of magical male reality meant to challenge hegemonic nationalist ideals.

Keywords: Nation dance; Singapore; civil rights; manhood

Chapter.  6022 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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