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Hybridised Whiteness in ‘Rose’: The Displacement of Racialised/Gendered Discours in a Japanese Queer Magazine in the 1970s

Katsuhiko Suganuma and Siu-lun Wong

in Contact Moments

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083701
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083701.003.0003
Hybridised Whiteness in ‘Rose’: The Displacement of Racialised/Gendered Discours in a Japanese Queer Magazine in the 1970s

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Chapter 3 investigates a morphing process of the gendered binary metaphor of Japan and the West. The case study for this chapter is conducted on the first Japanese commercial gay magazine, Barazoku (Rose Tribe). The chapter discusses the notion of ‘whiteness’ in the context of queer as well as transnational contexts. It asks the question as to what happens when whiteness is discussed within a discursive space in which whiteness is no longer the norm. The chapter shows how the Japanese queer textual space of Barazoku in the 1970s precluded whiteness from attaining the flexibility and fluidity normally available in the West.

Keywords: whiteness; Barazoku; physiognomy; hybridity

Chapter.  9617 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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