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Sexual Identity and Lesbian Family Life

Lesbianism, Patriarchalism and the Asian Family in Taiwan

  • Analyses lesbianism in the context of Chinese familialism and patrichalism

  • Reviews the dramatic transformations that have profoundly changed women’s position within the family structure in the context of contemporary Taiwan

  • Offers a major study on Taiwan’s lesbian family life, of interest both for scholars from Taiwan and LGBT studies across Asia

Book

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Iris Erh-Ya Pai
    Pages 45-72
  3. Iris Erh-Ya Pai
    Pages 73-100
  4. Iris Erh-Ya Pai
    Pages 101-146
  5. Iris Erh-Ya Pai
    Pages 147-176
  6. Iris Erh-Ya Pai
    Pages 177-210
  7. Iris Erh-Ya Pai
    Pages 211-263
  8. Iris Erh-Ya Pai
    Pages 265-275
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 277-285

About this book

Introduction

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. 

Keywords

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

  1. 1.YorkUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Iris Erh-Ya Pai holds a PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of York, UK, She is currently Adjunct Associate Professor, Center for Holistic education, Mackay Medical College, Taipei, Taiwan.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sexual Identity and Lesbian Family Life
  • Book Subtitle Lesbianism, Patriarchalism and the Asian Family in Taiwan
  • Authors Iris Erh-Ya Pai
  • Series Title Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia
  • Series Abbreviated Title Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4005-4
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-4004-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-5021-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-4005-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 285
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Gender Studies
    Asian Culture
    Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
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