Sex in China pp 107-143 | Cite as


From Golden Age to Dark Age
  • Fang Fu Ruan
Part of the Perspectives in Sexuality book series (PISE)


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.


Ching Dynasty Chinese Literature Male Homosexuality Lesbian Relationship Famous Scholar 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fang Fu Ruan
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  1. 1.The Institute for Advanced Study of Human SexualitySan FranciscoUSA

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