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    READ & DOWNLOAD ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK à Benjamin Law PDF READ Gaysia Adventures in the ueer East I like to think it's a compliment to a book if I'm interested enough in it engaged or enraged in order to want to write a review I also think and I could have used this advice when younger that discussion is better than silence I wax philosophical about book reviews because they're strange beasts The books that I tend to

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    REVIEW Gaysia Adventures in the ueer East Benjamin Law à 1 READ & DOWNLOAD READ & DOWNLOAD ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK à Benjamin Law This was bloody depressing but it was bloody good Law takes us through five countries and hundreds of people to give us a snapshot of homosexuality in Asia The book is packed chock full of Law’s own forays into worlds such as Bali’s gay resorts prostitution and Thailand’s fashion parades that are as foreign to us a

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    READ & DOWNLOAD ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK à Benjamin Law Benjamin Law à 1 READ & DOWNLOAD REVIEW Gaysia Adventures in the ueer East Agh where to begin I picked up this book hoping to really get an insight into differing ueer communities through

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    READ & DOWNLOAD ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK à Benjamin Law PDF READ Gaysia Adventures in the ueer East Benjamin Law à 1 READ & DOWNLOAD The author a gay Australian of Chinese origin travels Asia exploring some dimensions of lgbt life in a number of countrie

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    PDF READ Gaysia Adventures in the ueer East Benjamin Law à 1 READ & DOWNLOAD Who better to talk about LGBTIA life in Asia than Benjamin Law? Openly gay and born in Australia to Chinese immigrant parents he approaches Gaysia with concern and respect not to mention the perfect dose of comedy Gaysia is a journalistic ad

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    PDF READ Gaysia Adventures in the ueer East Perhaps a decent introductory book but couldn't help but feel it could have been better I've had this book on my wish list for a couple of years now A young gay Asian man from Australia looks at LGBT people in various count

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    PDF READ Gaysia Adventures in the ueer East When I saw the ARC sitting on the shelf at work I may have done a bit of an embarrassing dance I'd heard about this a few months ago and had been dying to read it ever sinceAnd it didn't disappoint Filled with fascinating interviews and shrewd observations about the many different gay communities throughout Asia this book is not to be missed It was fascinating reading about the people who are part of these fascinating

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    PDF READ Gaysia Adventures in the ueer East Benjamin Law is not the most technically gifted writer going around but he has a very finely honed sense of humour that makes his book

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    PDF READ Gaysia Adventures in the ueer East Benjamin Law à 1 READ & DOWNLOAD READ & DOWNLOAD ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK à Benjamin Law Benjamin Law takes us on a Safran esue journey into gay Asia Introducing us to sex workers in Indonesia participants of the world’s biggest Transsexual pageant in Thailand and to activists in India where homosexuality has only recently been decriminalised We see gay Asia through law’s point of view that of an Australian gay man The book focusses mainly on the publicised faucets of the gay world sex workers sexual health workers gay a

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Gaysia Adventures in the ueer East

READ & DOWNLOAD æ Gaysia Adventures in the ueer East READ & DOWNLOAD ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK à Benjamin Law Benjamin Law à 1 READ & DOWNLOAD Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia he can hold his boyfriend's hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognise same sex marriage But as the child of migrants he's also curious about how different life might have been had he grown up in Asia So h. I like to think it s a compliment to a book if I m interested enough in it engaged or enraged in order to want to write a review I also think and I could have used this advice when younger that discussion is better than silence I wax philosophical about book reviews because they re strange beasts The books that I tend to want to write about are from small publishers and by lesser known authors as I don t feel a desire usually to add my opinion to a thousand others who have written about a bestseller But this means that the author of the book will most certainly see the review I know this as an ego surfing author Of course you want to know what people have thought after having laboured over for so long So reviews can feel strangely personal these days Then to consider do I feel comfortable being critical in a public space Could it be misconstrued Can the author involved see a criticism as directed towards a book rather than to the author although this is often impossible to separate if the book is a personal one Not that this review will be a bad one for Gaysia is an enjoyable and intriguing read But still I remember taking my book reviews far too seriously with phrases from them stuck in my brain for far too long And because book reviews can be so scarce or insubstantial a review can take on greater significance if it s one of only a few But of course I was compelled to write about Gaysia Being Gaysian and having written and commented on aspects of being Gaysian for so long I was glad to buy the book at its launch in Sydney having almost bought the e book version a week before I read it through uickly and felt inspired to review itIn any case the book Gaysia written by journalist and writer Benjamin Law and published by Melbourne s Black Inc is a romp through various cities in Asia exploring various aspects of something related to gay celebrity drag ueens in Tokyo lady boy beauty pageant contestants in Thailand HIV affected sex workers in Myanmar an anti gay yoga guru in India and a formerly gay Malaysian pastor who runs a conversion program to turn lesbians and gays straight The section on China explores how gay men are using the internet and how some seek marriage either with lesbians or with straight women for social acceptance In the first chapter Law travels to Bali stays at some gay nudist hotels and interviews men who have sex for money or motorcycles Law s tone is set from the first paragraph With tourists to Bali coming to eat drink and fuck or have foreign strangers drunkenly fondle our inner selves Law uses sexually direct or explicit images or turns of phrase to amuse shock and engage But part of his comedy and Law is a very funny writer is that he himself is scandalised by the goings on He s wide eyed at the sex happening among hotel guests He s poked and prodded and flirted with in his interviews with his much colourful guests and acts the supportive straight man so to speak nodding along in sympathy both pushing the conversation along and then pulling back an innocent observer It s clear that Law is sympathetic to all of his interview subjects except for perhaps a few of the anti gay ones There s kindness in his approach He jumps in to have a drink with them when not suffering from a travel related illness There s no judgement nor trying to fit them into some sort of treatise on what it means to be gay in Asia or to a particular conception of gaynessThis works both ways There s only a brief introduction and no conclusion While the book is called Gaysia there s no broad perspective or analysis on how gay identities are lived in Asia and little reflection on the issue For the countless hours of organisation interviews research and travel there is a surprising lack of trying to pull together observations and perspective into narratives or conclusion Instead as a journalist choosing an angle for each country the focus is on the best story in Thailand the ladyboys in Japan the drag ueens More regular gay men and lesbians generally have much minor roles it s hard to find a perspective on their lives Still the book does not aim to provide analysis nor be an academic text and how would one try to summarise gay sexuality in a continent as crazy and diverse as Asia Or in countries as complex as the ones being written about It s not as if a reader would read the chapter on Malaysia and think the Malaysian gay scene is dominated by anti gay conversion therapyOr would they I wonder about that too who the readership is for the book Are they gay Are they straight How familiar will they be with the range of issues touched upon in this book and how will they relate to them I ve always said that examining issues of sexuality and identity in countries should not be a minority issue because how countries address sexual identity has a lot to say about their overall structures and traditions contradictions and s But I wonder about the book finding an audience who it is and how it would be understood And of course I hope Gaysia has found a readership as these snapshots of gay men and some lesbians men who have sex with men transsexuals transvestites drag ueens and gay and HIV activists do offer an interesting perspective on their countries The great title and bold cover should also help to attract and Law is a popular twitter user and journalist so he s using a uniue position to get these issues out into the wider world Also evident is the strength of Law s journalism and how he was able to wrangle and record hundreds of interviews and discussions To his success Law manages to position himself in a way that I doubt anyone else could have done He gains empathy with most of his interview subjects as a gay Asian man yet plays along with his two anti gay interviewees He is both sympathetic and engaged with interview subjects but at the same time an outside observer and commentator I found this positioning as intriguing as the stories himself As I observed in his memoir The Family Law Law is a whole generation after me and the people with whom I forged my identity and engaged in gay activism He happens to be gay He happens to be Asian Neither is particularly adopted as an identity Neither is rejected He doesn t fit a gay stereotype of a tragic drama ueen who has to move to the big city and perform in musicals He s had a boyfriend since high school and made a successful career in Brisbane Why would he have to do or be anyone elseBut when he admits to never having been to a gay pride parade and feels something closely resembling pride while seeing pride march a part of me asks how can a writer write about gay issues without being particularly engaged in any way with gay identity or community As a writer who has built a foundation on exploring both gay and cultural identity I feel an urge to know how Law feels about being Asian and travelling in Asia and about how he situates his cultural identity within it He does posit that if his parents had stayed in Malaysia he might have encountered the same social pressures and prejudices of some of the lesbians and gay men he described but this is really a brief mentionBut there s the rub This is a new world that doesn t ask for coherence or grand narratives We re a twittering tweeting facebooking world made up of pieces and soundbytes The authority given to academics or other experts has broken down to give way to multiple opinions and voices The snapshots of his subjects or even of himself seem to represent the diversity of identities and sexuality accurately than if we re actually sticking to categories of what it might mean to be Asian or one of those letters in the terrible acronym GLBTIA These days we read about experiences and make our own analyses however they fit into our own worlds Along the way I d judge it a good thing to be entertained and engaged by good writing 月下夢幻譚神無夜話 4 known authors as I don t feel a desire usually to add my opinion to a thousand others who have written about a bestseller But this means that the author of the book will most certainly see the review I How to Fly with Broken Wings know this as an ego surfing author Of course you want to Swimming to the Moon know what people have thought after having laboured over for so long So reviews can feel strangely personal these days Then to consider do I feel comfortable being critical in a public space Could it be misconstrued Can the author involved see a criticism as directed towards a book rather than to the author although this is often impossible to separate if the book is a personal one Not that this review will be a bad one for Gaysia is an enjoyable and intriguing read But still I remember taking my book reviews far too seriously with phrases from them stuck in my brain for far too long And because book reviews can be so scarce or insubstantial a review can take on greater significance if it s one of only a few But of course I was compelled to write about Gaysia Being Gaysian and having written and commented on aspects of being Gaysian for so long I was glad to buy the book at its launch in Sydney having almost bought the e book version a week before I read it through uickly and felt inspired to review itIn any case the book Gaysia written by journalist and writer Benjamin Law and published by Melbourne s Black Inc is a romp through various cities in Asia exploring various aspects of something related to gay celebrity drag ueens in Tokyo lady boy beauty pageant contestants in Thailand HIV affected sex workers in Myanmar an anti gay yoga guru in India and a formerly gay Malaysian pastor who runs a conversion program to turn lesbians and gays straight The section on China explores how gay men are using the internet and how some seek marriage either with lesbians or with straight women for social acceptance In the first chapter Law travels to Bali stays at some gay nudist hotels and interviews men who have sex for money or motorcycles Law s tone is set from the first paragraph With tourists to Bali coming to eat drink and fuck or have foreign strangers drunkenly fondle our inner selves Law uses sexually direct or explicit images or turns of phrase to amuse shock and engage But part of his comedy and Law is a very funny writer is that he himself is scandalised by the goings on He s wide eyed at the sex happening among hotel guests He s poked and prodded and flirted with in his interviews with his much colourful guests and acts the supportive straight man so to speak nodding along in sympathy both pushing the conversation along and then pulling back an innocent observer It s clear that Law is sympathetic to all of his interview subjects except for perhaps a few of the anti gay ones There s Stir It Up kindness in his approach He jumps in to have a drink with them when not suffering from a travel related illness There s no judgement nor trying to fit them into some sort of treatise on what it means to be gay in Asia or to a particular conception of gaynessThis works both ways There s only a brief introduction and no conclusion While the book is called Gaysia there s no broad perspective or analysis on how gay identities are lived in Asia and little reflection on the issue For the countless hours of organisation interviews research and travel there is a surprising lack of trying to pull together observations and perspective into narratives or conclusion Instead as a journalist choosing an angle for each country the focus is on the best story in Thailand the ladyboys in Japan the drag ueens More regular gay men and lesbians generally have much minor roles it s hard to find a perspective on their lives Still the book does not aim to provide analysis nor be an academic text and how would one try to summarise gay sexuality in a continent as crazy and diverse as Asia Or in countries as complex as the ones being written about It s not as if a reader would read the chapter on Malaysia and think the Malaysian gay scene is dominated by anti gay conversion therapyOr would they I wonder about that too who the readership is for the book Are they gay Are they straight How familiar will they be with the range of issues touched upon in this book and how will they relate to them I ve always said that examining issues of sexuality and identity in countries should not be a minority issue because how countries address sexual identity has a lot to say about their overall structures and traditions contradictions and s But I wonder about the book finding an audience who it is and how it would be understood And of course I hope Gaysia has found a readership as these snapshots of gay men and some lesbians men who have sex with men transsexuals transvestites drag ueens and gay and HIV activists do offer an interesting perspective on their countries The great title and bold cover should also help to attract and Law is a popular twitter user and journalist so he s using a uniue position to get these issues out into the wider world Also evident is the strength of Law s journalism and how he was able to wrangle and record hundreds of interviews and discussions To his success Law manages to position himself in a way that I doubt anyone else could have done He gains empathy with most of his interview subjects as a gay Asian man yet plays along with his two anti gay interviewees He is both sympathetic and engaged with interview subjects but at the same time an outside observer and commentator I found this positioning as intriguing as the stories himself As I observed in his memoir The Family Law Law is a whole generation after me and the people with whom I forged my identity and engaged in gay activism He happens to be gay He happens to be Asian Neither is particularly adopted as an identity Neither is rejected He doesn t fit a gay stereotype of a tragic drama ueen who has to move to the big city and perform in musicals He s had a boyfriend since high school and made a successful career in Brisbane Why would he have to do or be anyone elseBut when he admits to never having been to a gay pride parade and feels something closely resembling pride while seeing pride march a part of me asks how can a writer write about gay issues without being particularly engaged in any way with gay identity or community As a writer who has built a foundation on exploring both gay and cultural identity I feel an urge to The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems know how Law feels about being Asian and travelling in Asia and about how he situates his cultural identity within it He does posit that if his parents had stayed in Malaysia he might have encountered the same social pressures and prejudices of some of the lesbians and gay men he described but this is really a brief mentionBut there s the rub This is a new world that doesn t ask for coherence or grand narratives We re a twittering tweeting facebooking world made up of pieces and soundbytes The authority given to academics or other experts has broken down to give way to multiple opinions and voices The snapshots of his subjects or even of himself seem to represent the diversity of identities and sexuality accurately than if we re actually sticking to categories of what it might mean to be Asian or one of those letters in the terrible acronym GLBTIA These days we read about experiences and make our own analyses however they fit into our own worlds Along the way I d judge it a good thing to be entertained and engaged by good writing

REVIEW Gaysia Adventures in the ueer East

READ & DOWNLOAD æ Gaysia Adventures in the ueer East READ & DOWNLOAD ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK à Benjamin Law Benjamin Law à 1 READ & DOWNLOAD E sets off to meet his fellow Gaysians Law takes his investigative duties seriously going nude where reuired in Balinese sex resorts sitting backstage for hours with Thai ladyboy beauty contestants and trying Indian yoga classes designed to cure his homosexuality The characters he. Who better to talk about LGBTIA life in Asia than Benjamin Law Openly gay and born in Australia to Chinese immigrant parents he approaches Gaysia with concern and respect not to mention the perfect dose of comedy Gaysia is a journalistic adventure into the LGBTIA nerve centre of Asia from clothing optional gay resorts in Bali to the homes of Chinese gays and lesbians who fake heternormative marriages to keep their identities secret Law opened my eyes to a diverse range of socio political landscapes all posing uniue challenges to the LGBTIA communityI strongly recommend listening to the audiobook version of Gaysia While the writing is clear and authoritative Law s voice is loaded with charisma He gets the balance exactly right he s a comedian but he can nail the serious moments too seamlessly flowing between different moods You can tell he s a brilliant writer by the way he makes statistics compellingAs Law travels across Asia he shares interviews with a diverse cast of characters from HIV positive sex workers in Myanmar to trans beauty pageant contestants in Bangkok Hearing their stories in their own words is powerful especially considering these voices are normally silenced Listening to them express their personal battles as well as their relationship with their culture government and families is incredible Sometimes the stories are uplifting but usually the sualor and injustice is heartbreaking It really puts the Australian way of life into perspectiveI appreciate how Gaysia covers both ends of the spectrum in its hunt for truth from wealth to poverty from people who celebrate their sexuality without fear to people who are closeted due to threat Besides delving into the lives of people with diverse gender and sexual identities Law even hears from ex gay Christian fundamentalists who campaign to cure broken sexuality The result of such an inclusive and varied reporting method is that we can piece together a detailed picture of attitudes and beliefs surrounding LGBTIA issuesRegardless of your familiarity with the cultures and issues Law explores this book is an amazing way to expand your awareness Chances are these issues don t impact your day to day life However understanding the diversity of experiences in the world is so personally enriching I hope this book will entertain inspire enrage and educate you as much as it did meThis review can also be found on my blog Paige s Pages

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READ & DOWNLOAD æ Gaysia Adventures in the ueer East READ & DOWNLOAD ´ LOUISVUITTON--UK.CO.UK à Benjamin Law Benjamin Law à 1 READ & DOWNLOAD Meets from Tokyo's celebrity drag ueens to HIV positive Burmese sex workers from Malaysian ex gay Christian fundamentalists to Chinese gays and lesbians who marry each other to please their parents all teach him something new about being ueer in Asia At once entertaining and movi. Perhaps a decent introductory book but couldn t help but feel it could have been better I ve had this book on my wish list for a couple of years now A young gay Asian man from Australia looks at LGBT people in various countries in EastSoutheastern Asia He meets people listens to their stories gives a little bit of history of these particular groups Some stories are funny most are informative some are uite sad It s a pretty formulaic book Law visits a country meets with a particular group or groups in that country and writes about aspects of their lives How young people in China learn about homosexuality despite severe internet censorshipThe lack of accessibility of AIDS medication in Myanmar While I appreciated a look at these groups in these countries it was a tough read With my lack of knowledge I couldn t help but wonder how accurate his information was There s no list of resources at the end of the book and I wish he had included some references Based on other reviews there s a bit of a mixed bunch as to his accuracy portrayal where how much his views were influenced by his background etc I also didn t think he was a very good writer On occasion he was very funny and I know part of it was that my eyes was just going to glaze over at some of the descriptions of sexual encounters Law does not get that detailed but you have an idea of what he s witnessingoverhearingetc Some of the history and societal commentary was uite interesting but this could be uite uneven So while I don t regret having read this I wish I had been able to borrow this from the library vs having to buy it

  • Paperback
  • 276
  • Gaysia Adventures in the ueer East
  • Benjamin Law
  • English
  • 02 January 2020
  • 9781863955768