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David Bedell, University of Bridgeport =============================================================================== ENGLISH-LANGUAGE BOOKS ON EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC GAY/LESBIAN/BISEXUAL TOPICS Revised 04/28/95. Compiled by David Bedell, University of Bridgeport (bedell@cse.bridgeport.edu)
Note: This document is part of an international bibliography available from the QRD archive (Queer Resources Directory). It can be retrieved by anonymous ftp from ftp.qrd.org using the pathname


It is also available by gopher at gopher.qrd.org, or by WWW at http://www.qrd.org/QRD/world/misc/international.lgb.bibliography. Or send e-mail to with a message of three lines:

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(In addition, Frank Swilling's annotated list of GLB films from all countries can be found under pathname pub/QRD/media/film/glbo.films.list.)

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The present document (on East Asia and Pacific only) is also accessible by WWW at http://pears.lib.ohio-state.edu/DBedell/glb.html.

  • China
  • Japan
  • New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Other Asia and Pacific


    Hinsch, Bret. Passions of the Cut Sleeve: The Male Homosexual Tradition in China. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1990.

    Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong. Report on Laws Governing Homosexual Conduct. Hong Kong: The Commission, 1983. In Chinese and English.

    Lee, Lilian (Li, Pi-Hua, or Li, Pik-Wah). Farewell to My Concubine: A Novel, trans. Andrea Lingenfelter. New York: William Morrow, 1993. Novel by a Hong Kong writer, about a love triangle involving Chinese opera singers. Basis of the award-winning film.

    Li, Yu. The Carnal Prayer Mat = Rou Putuan, trans. Patrick Hanan. New York: Ballantine Books, 1990. 17th century erotic satire.

    Min, Anchee. Red Azalea. New York: Pantheon Books, 1994. A Chinese lesbian's experiences coming of age during the Cultural Revolution and her relationship with a woman while she was working on a collective farm.

    Pai, Hsien-Yung. Crystal Boys: A Novel; trans. Howard Goldblatt. San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1990. This Taiwanese novel concerns young gay boys, rejected by their families, hanging out in a park and gay bar in Taipei.

    Two Films by Ang Lee. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, 1994. Includes article on award-winning Taiwanese film "The Wedding Banquet" by Neil Peng, Ang Lee, & James Schamus.

    Wong, Norman. Cultural revolution: Stories. New York: Persea Books, 1994. A series of connected stories about a Chinese-American youth in Hawaii whose awakening gay identity conflicts with his immigrant parents' culture.

  • JAPAN:

    Bornoff, Nicholas. Pink Samurai: Love, Marriage and Sex in Contemporary Japan. New York: Pocket Books, 1991.

    Collcutt, Martin. Five Mountains: The Rinzai Zen Monastic Institution in Medieval Japan. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981. Includes discussion of homosexual relationships within the monastery.

    Ihara, Saikaku. Comrade Loves of the Samurai, trans. Edward Powys Mathers. Boston: Charles E. Tuttle, 1972. 17th-century stories in 1928 translation.

    Ihara, Saikaku. The Great Mirror of Male Love, trans. Paul Gordon Schalow. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1990. Stories of Samurai and Kabuki actors.

    Ihara, Saikaku. The Life of an Amorous Man, trans. Kengi Mamada. Rutland, VT: C. E. Tuttle, 1964.

    Leupp, Gary. Nanshoku: Homosexuality, Gender, and the Social Order in Tokugawa Japan. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1992.

    Levy, Howard S. Sex, Love, and the Japanese. Washington: Warm-Soft Village Press, 1971.

    Mishima, Yukio. Confessions of a Mask, trans. Meredith Weatherby. New York: New Directions, 1968. Somewhat autobiographical novel about a teen-age boy accepting his homosexuality while concealing it from his fiancee. (First published in Japan in 1949.)

    Murakami, Ryu. Coin Locker Babies. New York: Kodansha America, Inc., 1994. Novel translated from Japanese.

    Robertson, Jennifer Ellen. Butch and Femme On and Off the Takarazuka Stage: Gender, Sexuality, and Social Organization in Japan. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, 1989. Lesbianism in Japan.

    Schalow, Paul Gordon. Kukai and the Tradition of Male Love in Japanese Buddhism. In, Cabezon, Jose Ignacio, ed., Buddhism, Sexuality, and Gender. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1992.

    Watanabe, Tsuneo, & Iwata, Jun'ichi. Love of the Samurai: A Thousand Years of Japanese Homosexuality, trans. D. R. Roberts. Boston: Alyson Publications, 1989.

    Yoshimoto, Banana. Kitchen, trans. Megan Backus. New York: Grove Press, 1993. This popular novel includes portrayal of a transvestite character.


    Herdt, Gilbert H. Guardians of the Flutes: Idioms of Masculinity. New York: Columbia University Press, 1987. About the Sambia people of Papua New Guinea.

    Herdt, Gilbert H. The Sambia: Ritual and Gender in New Guinea. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1987.

    Schneebaum, Tobias. Where the Spirits Dwell: An Odyssey in the New Guinea Jungle. New York: Grove Press, 1988. About the Asmat people of Irian Jaya.


    Itiel, Joseph. Philippine Diary: A Gay Guide to the Philippines. San Francisco: International Wavelength, 1989.

    Mathews, Paul W. Male Prostitution: Two Monographs. Sydney: Australia Book Company, 1987. Observations of male prostitution in Manila.

    Rodriguez, Nice. Throw It to the River. Toronto: Women's Press, 1993. Fiction about lesbians in the Philippines and Canada.

    Whitam, Frederick L., & Mathy, Robin M. Male Homosexuality in Four Societies: Brazil, Guatemala, the Philippines, and the United States. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1986.


    Heng, Russell. Lest The Demons Get To Me. In, Fat Virgins, Fast Cars, and Asian Values: A Collection of Plays from Theatreworks' Writers Lab. Singapore: Times Books International, 1993. Banned play with transvestite protagonist.

    Jeyaretam, Philip. Abraham's Promise. Singapore: Times Books International, 1994. Novel about a teacher who learns to accept his son's homosexuality. Author is son of Singapore's opposition leader.

    Lee, Johann S. Peculiar Chris. Singapore: Cannon International, 1992. Novel about a gay National Serviceman who comes out.

    Moo, Joash. Sisterhood: The Untold Story. Singapore: Times Books International, 1990. True stories of transvestites in Singapore.


    Allyn, Eric G., ed. The Dove Coos = Nok Kao Kan: Gay Experiences by the Men of Thailand, trans. Nukul Benchamat & Somboon Inpradith. Bangkok & San Francisco: Bua Luang Publishing Company, 1992. Stories by readers of three Thai gay magazines: Midway, Neon, and Weekendmen.

    Allyn, Eric G., ed. The Dove Coos II: Collection 2, trans. David Jonathan; adapted for Western readers by E. G. Allyn & Samorn Chaiyana. Bangkok & San Francisco: Bua Luang Publishing Company, 1994. Selections from Thai gay magazines.

    Allyn, Eric G. The Men of Thailand: Where to Sa'nook' in Thailand: Noom Thai Guide for Gay Tourists. Bangkok & San Francisco: Bua Luang Publishing Company, 1991. Listings from monthly column in Midway magazine, Bangkok.

    Allyn, Eric G. The Men of Thailand Revisited: Trees in the Same Forest. Bangkok & San Francisco: Bua Luang Publishing Company, 1991.

    Berry, Chris. A Bit on the Side: East-West Topographies of Desire. Sydney: EMPress, 1994. Discusses the film Good Woman of Bangkok and critiques Asian governments that maintain gay rights are only a Western issue.

    Jackson, Peter A. Dear Uncle Go--Male Homosexuality in Thailand. Bangkok: Floating Lotus, 1995. Revision of Male Homosexuality in Thailand (below).

    Jackson, Peter A. The Intrinsic Quality of Skin. Bangkok: Floating Lotus Publications, 1994. Race, masculinity and homosexuality in Thailand.

    Jackson, Peter A. Male Homosexuality in Thailand: An Interpretation of Contemporary Sources. Elmhurst, NY: Global Academic Publishers, 1989. Translation and analysis of letters to and responses from advice columnist Aa Go Paak-naam, originally published in two Thai magazines Plaek and Mahatsajan.

    Sribuaiam, Kanongnij. Living Together: Rights of Heterosexual and Homosexual Couples in the U.S. and Thailand. 1991. In Chulalongkorn Law Review, Vol. 6 (1989-1990).


    Best Guide ... Asia, Australasia & South Pacific Islands. New York: Eden Cross, 1990. Gay travel guide.

    Best Guide to the North Pacific & Orient. 2nd ed. Amsterdam: Bookscene, 1992. Gay guide to Brunei, China, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand.

    Diaman, N. A., producer & director. Cut Sleeve: Lesbians and Gays of Asian/ Pacific Ancestry. San Francisco: Persona Video, 1991. A 24-minute videorecording in which individuals of Asian and Pacific Island backgrounds discuss their attitudes and experiences as homosexuals.

    Dimensions of Desire. Los Angeles: UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 1994.
    Special issue of Amerasia Journal; includes autobiographical accounts and critical essays about gay and lesbian Asian/Pacific Americans.

    Dunsford, Cathie. Cowrie. New York: Spinifex Press, 1994. A lesbian novel from the South Pacific.

    Dynes, Wayne R., & Donaldson, Stephen, eds. Asian Homosexuality. New York: Garland Publishing, 1992.

    Haver, William, et al. Circuits of Desire. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1994. Anthology on Asian homosexuality, including Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Thai.

    Herdt, Gilbert S., ed. Ritualized Homosexuality in Melanesia. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1984.

    Lim-Hing, Sharon, ed. The Very Inside: Writings by Asian and Pacific Islander Lesbian and Bisexual Women. Toronto: Sister Vision, 1994.

    Murray, Stephen O., ed. Oceanic Homosexualities. New York: Garland Publishing, 1992. Includes studies ranging from Madagascar to Australasia: Filipino callboys; Siberian shamans; ancient samurais and contemporary lesbians of Japan; aristocratic traditions of Hawaii; also Korean, Thai, Indonesian, and Aleut studies.

    Paz y Liberacion (Asian ed.). Houston, TX: [s.n.], 1989-. Serial.

    Te Awekotuku, Ngahuia. Mana Wahine Maori: Selected Writings on Maori Women's Art, Culture, and Politics. Auckland, New Zealand: New Women's Press, 1991. Author is a Maori lesbian.

    Te Awekotuku, Ngahuia. Tahuri: Short Stories. Auckland, New Zealand: New Women's Press, 1989. Stories by a Maori lesbian.

    Witness Aloud: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Asian/Pacific American Writings. Vol. 2, no. 1 of The APA Journal (spring/summer 1993).
    Last updated: January 22, 1996

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