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Is Queerness a White Invention?

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Milstein Hall, Auditorium
943 University Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

"LGBTQ rights are Western values" is a trope repeated often by leaders in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and even here in the United States. But the historical record suggests otherwise: Queerness was generally accepted across many cultures, and it was colonialism and modernity that undermined this tolerance. What implications does this have for queer immigrants in this country?


Sarah Ngu, a writer who was born in Borneo, Malaysia and lives in New York City, will give a lecture that weaves in personal stories and academic research, with a strong focus on Southeast Asia. She attends Forefront Brooklyn Church and is the cofounder of


Genersously co-sponsored by the Cornell LGBT Resource Center, the Asian American Studies Program, and the Asian & Asian American Center

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