Sexual Identity and Lesbian Family Life

Lesbianism, Patriarchalism and the Asian Family in Taiwan

  • Iris Erh-Ya Pai

Part of the Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia book series (GSCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 277-285

About this book


This new book illustrates how Taiwanese lesbians negotiate their lives outside patriarchal families, while seeking varying ways to maintain working relationships with their families of origin, as their notion of family distinguishes them from same sex couples in other countries. This ambivalence has a strong influence on their relational decisions as they deal with contradictions between family ties, filial piety and lesbianism.

Based on individual and couple interviews with self-identified lesbian couples in stable relationships, the book offers vivid narratives of different ways in which Taiwanese lesbians have been able to make sense of their families without recognition by legislation or their families of origin. 

 Specific issues in Taiwan raised in the book challenge the taken-for-granted understandings of same-sex relationships and review the dramatic transformations that have profoundly changed womens' position. It also offers a sensitive analysis of GLBT issues and heteronormativity, arguing that Chinese familialism can cohabite with lesbianism in the context of contemporary Taiwan. 


Sexual identities in Contemporary Asia Female masculinities in Asia. Lesbian community and family Heteronormativity in Asian societies Patriarchalism and the Asian Family Lesbian family life in Taiwan Taiwanese family structure and LGBT issues

Authors and affiliations

  • Iris Erh-Ya Pai
    • 1
  1. 1.YorkUnited Kingdom

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