Conclusion: On Cross-Cultural Contacts and Queer Desire

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:
Conclusion: On Cross-Cultural Contacts and Queer Desire

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Chapter 7 discusses the future implications as well as the challenges provoked by the research findings of this book. Drawing on Elspeth Probyn's concept of the desire to ‘belong’, the chapter suggests the need of shifting our analytical focus from identity to desire in the context of cross-culturation. This book's analyses of Japan's queer contact moments with the West shed light on the desire to make sense of one's being through the process of adapting, rearticulating, shifting, and redefining binary oppositions such as local/global, Asia/West, and self/other. It is argued that the case studies in this book follow the footsteps of several queer beings and their desire to belong somewhere that they have yet to reach; each step being part of surface tensions through which they constitute their desires – the desires to put their lives in motion.

Keywords: desire; Elspeth Probyn; binary; queer studies; globalisation

Chapter.  4772 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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