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Play Tests China’s Sexual Limits

In the New York Times, Didi Kirsten Tatlow reports on a new play in Beijing that is pushing the boundaries of sexual expression: Inspired by Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” with an English title that makes reference to the...

Coming Out in China

Worldcrunch carries an account, translated from the Economic Observer, of a Tianjin husband and father’s difficult escape from the closet: After graduating from university, family and friends were enthusiastic to fix him...

China Debates Sex Change Rules (Updated)

Discussion is now underway over the new proposed sex change rules. From BBC News: China is set to formalise the rules covering sex change operations to ensure that all those who want surgery meet certain requirements. Those who...

Slideshow: The Life of a Transgender Dancer

American photographer Rian Dundon focuses his lens on the life of transgender dancer Huang Ping in Changsha, Hunan Province. The slideshow has been published in Germany’s Stern magazine here. For English captions, visit...

Part Girl, Part Boy And Proud – Jonathan Ansfield

CDT’s Jonathan Ansfield wrote the following for his Biganzi column: Boyish Supergirl Li Yuchun made androgyny a sexy subject in China. Celeb social critics Li Yinhe and Yu Dan, plenty butch in their own right, helped to affirm the trend. Never mind that for women in Mao’s time, gender ambiguity was the rule. Today it’s […]

Lust Lost In (Beijing’s) Translation – Kent Ewing

From Asia Times: It is ironic that Beijing’s latest campaign to turn the world’s most populous country into a sexless nation coincides with the release across Asia of Ang Lee’s award-winning film, Lust, Caution, which takes eroticism to new heights in Chinese-language cinema. While Lee’s co-stars – veteran Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai and […]

Ang Lee Gets Second Golden Lion at Venice Festival – Gina Doggett

Unlike Ang Lee‘s film Brokeback Mountain’s unsuccessful experience in China, this time his film Lust Caution will be launched in China. Brokeback Mountain touched on a subculture, homosexuality, and was banned from being shown in the country. Similarly, Ang Lee had to edit out the controversial sexual scenes for the Chinese version of Lust Caution. […]

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