Stonewalling through Schizophrenia: An Anti-gay rights culture in Hong Kong?

Phil C W Chan

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Abstract

With its British colonial legacy and Chinese make-up, Hong Kong provides a stimulating stadium and lens through which to examine the validity of the use of "culture" in arguing against homosexuality and the development and protection of the rights of sexual minorities. After a brief account on the legal developments in Hong Kong on homosexuality, this article examines how the argument that Hong Kong has an inherently anti-gay rights culture, which simultaneously emphasizes Confucianism and Christianity, and which the government then uses to stonewall the development and protection of the rights of sexual minorities, merely illuminates an underlying schizophrenia as to what that culture actually is. In the process of my diagnosis, I will also discuss whether Confucianism and Christianity indeed oppose homosexuality and sexual minority rights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-87
Number of pages17
JournalSexuality and Culture
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Christianity
  • Confucianism
  • Gay rights
  • Hong Kong
  • Human rights
  • Post-colonial

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