Keeping A Distance: Changing Everyday Lives of Married Migrant Gay Men in China’s State-owned Enterprises

Javier Pang, Kaxton Siu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study examines continuity and change in the lives of rural migrant gay men working in China’s state-owned enterprises (SOE) from an everyday life perspective. By examining their sexuality, migration histories, and heterosexual marriage experiences, this study contributes to sexuality and migration literature by exploring how rural-to-urban migrant gay men maintain their everyday homosexual intimacies in post-socialist China. It adds to the perspective that gay men’s perceptions, interpretations, and reactions to marriage and sexuality vary, due to their personal migration experiences. These findings also contribute to scholarly discussions of everyday life by providing a nuanced analysis of how spatial tactics are employed as forms of everyday resistance by gay men for maintaining their sexualities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-554
Number of pages17
JournalCritical Asian Studies
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • China
  • everyday life resistance
  • gay marriage
  • tongqi
  • urban sexual practice

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