Chapter 6 positions the discussion of the deployment of the ‘Japan’ versus the ‘West’ binary within the context of Japan's queer culture in the age of Internet communication. This chapter focuses on a Japanese gay Internet news portal, Gay Japan News in the year 2006. By examining the ways in which the binary comparison of ‘advanced Western gay culture’ versus ‘developing Japanese gay culture’ is put to use, the chapter argues that a use of this binary trope does not necessarily make a site such as Gay Japan News a replica or an exact copy of Western gay cyberspace. It is argued, instead, that such a cross-cultural contact not only brings new sexual knowledge and cultures into Japan, but also sheds light on the history of Japanese queer cultures prior to the Internet age, and puts them into the present context.
Keywords: Fantasy; reality; cyberspace; Internet; hypertext; Gay Japan News
Chapter. 8231 words. Illustrated.
Subjects: Society and Culture
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