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Chun-Chi Wang <[log in to unmask]>
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Cultural Studies Monthly Call for Papers
Thinking Queer in Asian Cinema
Deadline: Oct 1, 2006
Guest Editor: Chia-chi Wu

As Brokeback Mountain revamps the iconography of one of the oldest 
American genres and scores box-office triumphs worldwide as an “art gay 
cowboy film”, contemporary filmmakers in Asia have also seemed to explore 
uncharted queer themes and redraw the art cinema/mainstream production 
divide. To name just a few examples, The King and the Clown (Lee Jun-ik, 
2005), an explicit gay-themed film set in pre-modern times, is said to be 
one of the highest grossing films in South Korea. Beautiful Boxer 
(Thailand, Ekachai Uekrongtham, 2003) and Splendid Afloat (Taiwan, Zero 
Chou, 2004) feature male protagonists with transvestite tendencies but 
engaging in professions of which macho-masculinity is considered as a 
quintessential constituent. Moreover, Butterfly (Hong Kong, Yan Yan Mak, 
2004) and The Intimates (Jacob Cheung, 1997) have exhibited, in strictly 
and legitimately female homoerotic terms, visible female-female sexuality 
that is probably unprecedented in Chinese language commercial productions. 
For its November 2006 issue, Cultural Studies Monthly is inviting essays 
or critical reviews on Asian films that evince various degrees and a wide 
range of queer sensibilities. The issue welcomes contributions (in English 
or Chinese) on related topics, but is not confined to the follows:

*	new theoretical or conceptual frameworks in understanding queer 
emotions or desire in Asian cinema; or questions raised by Asian cinema 
for queer theory or practice
*	queer subjectivities crisscrossed with other axes of identity 
formation or in relation to other structures of oppression, such as 
gender, class, race or ethnicity, age, etc..
*	the figuring of nationality, transnationality or globality in 
queer culture 
*	films that point to the ties between pre-modern queer traditions 
to contemporary eroticism
*	queer and space, or “queerscape” as molded by peculiar cinematic 
visuality or stylistics
*	survey of any local or international g/l/q film festival, either 
located in Asia or boasting a strong showcase of Asian queer films
*	camp aesthetics
*	films resonating with activism, public opinion or other social 
discourses on queer subjects

Cultural Studies Monthly 
( is an online 
journal launched by CSA Taiwan (Cultural Studies Taiwan). It is a non-
referential, non-peer-reviewed publication. Both English and Chinese 
submissions are welcome. Strong English submissions will also, upon the 
author’s approval, be submitted to Film Appreciation (dianying xinshang 
published by Taipei Film Archive, its peer-reviewed film paper section) 
for its potential publication in Chinese translation.

Please send submissions to
Chia-chi Wu
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(Assistant Professor, Department of English
University of National Taiwan Normal University)

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