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“Same-Sex Wedding”, Queer Performance and Spatial Tactics in Beijing

  • Hongwei Bao


This chapter examines the articulation of queer politics in contemporary China by using the public performance of a “‘same-sex wedding” event that took place in Beijing one Valentine’s Day as a case study. It suggests that queer activism in China today has developed new forms of practices that recognize both the impact of the transnational Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) movement and the cultural specificities of Chinese society. These practices include performative enactment of the body and identity, constant negotiations between visibility and invisibility, and the strategic deployment of the public space. All these practices are underpinned by a non-dogmatic and culturally sensitive understanding of identity and politics that has significant implications for queer theory and queer politics today.


Queer Theory Monumental Building Strategic Deployment Queer Politics Performative Enactment 
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  • Hongwei Bao
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  1. 1.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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