Male homosexuality may have been a familiar feature of Chinese life in prehistoric times. The eminent Ching dynasty scholar Chi Yun cited an opinion in his famous Notes of the Yue-Wei Heritage that the position of “catamite” (a young male who serves as the lovemaking partner of an adult homosexual or bisexual) originated during the reign of the mythical Yellow Emperor, about 46 centuries ago (Ruan & Tsai, 1987). In any case, China’s earliest historical records contain accounts of male homosexuality.
KeywordsChing Dynasty Chinese Literature Male Homosexuality Lesbian Relationship Famous Scholar
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