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Transtopia in the Sinophone Pacific

Monday, September 21, 2020 at 4:30pm

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Speaker: Howard Chiang, UC Davis

Transtopia calls into question the coherence of transness and seeks to enable a non-hierarchical continuum of transgender subjects and experiences. This talk explores three examples of transtopia in the history of the Sinophone Pacific: the history of renyao (the “human prodigy”), the cinematic representations of Chinese castration, and the changing nature of tongzhi (LGBTQ) activism in post-millennial Taiwan.

This event is co-sponsored by the East Asia Program, the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, and Society for the Humanities.

Faculty hosts: Andrea Bachner, Masha Raskolnikov

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Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Studies, Diversity, Society for the Humanities, East Asia Program, Cornell China Center


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Amala Lane left a positive review 9/20/2020

This was a fascinating talk with a very engaging scholar, Howard Chiang, UC Davis. Very thought provoking.