LGBTI people in Hong Kong: Cultural, social and political contexts

[Speaker] Suen, Yiu Tung:1
1:Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Research has documented that across the globe, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people face discrimination to different degrees in various domains of life. This paper argues that in understanding such discrimination, it is important to take note of how such discrimination manifests itself in different forms in different cultural, social and political contexts. The paper takes Hong Kong as a case study to illustrate the point, where the post-colonial historical context and the Chinese culture intersect, and the influences of family biopolitics and religions such as Christianity and Catholicism are at work, to argue that these social forces may influence the forms that anti-LGBTI discrimination takes.
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