Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East

☆ Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East ¾ Benjamin Law - Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East, Gaysia Adventures in the Queer East Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia he can hold his boyfriend s hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognize same sex marriage But as the child of immigrants he ☆ Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East ¾ Benjamin Law - Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East, Gaysia Adventures in the Queer East Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia he can hold his boyfriend s hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognize same sex marriage But as the child of immigrants he

  • Title: Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East
  • Author: Benjamin Law
  • ISBN: 9781627780360
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East

☆ Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East ¾ Benjamin Law, Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East, Benjamin Law, Gaysia Adventures in the Queer East Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia he can hold his boyfriend s hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognize same sex marriage But as the child of immigrants he s also curious about how different life might have been had he grown up in Asia So he sets off to meet his fellow Gaysians Law takes his investigative duties serio ☆ Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East ¾ Benjamin Law - Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East, Gaysia Adventures in the Queer East Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia he can hold his boyfriend s hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognize same sex marriage But as the child of immigrants he

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Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East

About “Benjamin Law

  • Benjamin Law

    Benjamin Law is a Brisbane based freelance writer He is a senior contributor to frankie magazine and has also written for The Monthly, The Courier Mail, Qweekend, Sunday Life, Cleo, Crikey, The Big Issue, New Matilda, Kill Your Darlings, ABC Unleashed and the Australian Associated Press.His essays have been anthologised in Growing Up Asian in Australia, The Best Australian Essays 2008, The Best Australian Essays 2009 and the forthcoming Voracious New Australian Food Writing.The Family Law 2010 is his debut book, and is published by Black Inc Books A French edition will be published by Belfond in 2012 The TV rights have been sold to Matchbox Pictures.He s currently working on his second book, a collection of non fiction looking at queer people and communities throughout Asia It has the working title of Gaysia.



999 thoughts on “Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East

  • It s very easy to get swept up in rhetoric when it comes to gay rights Benjamin Law is much too perceptive for this Gaysia documents several months on the road in Bali, Thailand, China, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar and India to find out what it s really like to be gay in these places he meets prostitutes, priests, gurus, community workers, drag queens, all kinds of people from all over the spectrum, and I m so impressed by how tolerant, empathetic and understanding Law is of all of them It s all wel [...]


  • It is funny how in the wake of Section 377 and LGBT rights, I finished reading, Gaysia Adventures in the Queer East by Benjamin Law a book on gays in the East and importantly on their culture and lifestyle The reason I find it funny is that I find the judgment quite a farce and love how Law speaks of gay men and women sometimes in an account that is hilarious, emotional and mostly a travelogue in search of identity across Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Burma, China, Malaysia and India, each with i [...]


  • I like to think it s a compliment to a book if I m interested enough in it, engaged or enraged, in order to want to write a review I also think and I could have used this advice when younger that discussion is better than silence I wax philosophical about book reviews because they re strange beasts The books that I tend to want to write about are from small publishers and by lesser known authors as I don t feel a desire, usually, to add my opinion to a thousand others who have written about a be [...]


  • Agh where to begin I picked up this book hoping to really get an insight into differing queer communities through the east, and while have the book sort of delivered on that idea, the other half of the book felt like an extended gay sex travelogue, not an exploration of queerness in different cultures It didn t help that I found Benjamin Law to be vapid, naive, and often extremely boring, or that he proved time and time again he couldn t accurately talk about trans issues pontificates too much o [...]


  • listening to Gaysia as an audiobook read by the author, of course was the perfect antidote to plebiscite related bs


  • I just finished Gaysia, recommended to me by a friend, while on a business trip to Chicago It is promoted as a wild romp through all of gay Asia but ultimately, it is a far fascinating and, indeed, moving book than that I might venture to say that this is an important book particularly for westerners who don t know much about life in Asia Most of us, in fact.Law, an ethnically Chinese Australian, begins his peregrinations in Bali at an all gay resort that seems to be setting up the book as a so [...]


  • A very interesting read Each chapter, Ben tries to delve into the queer culture or a queer issue in different countries Bali sex tourism, Thai pageants, Chinese sham marriages, Japanese TV culture, Malaysian conversion therapy, Burmese HIV AIDS epidmic and the reaction of India s repeal of anti homosexual laws All of these topics were really interesting, impactful and important particularly the Burmese chapter, which is the best of the lot And I liked that despite having a very concrete topic fo [...]


  • Benjamin Law is an incredibly enjoyable writer to read, with a wry frequently self deprecating sense of humour Part travel memoir, part journalism in it s approach, Gaysia is separated into chapters based on the countries that Law visits Particularly interesting, to me at least, was the chapter on Myanmar not a country or culture that I m particularly familiar with, in terms of LGBT culture and rights.I had two issues with the book Firstly, I couldn t figure out the audience as a non binary quee [...]


  • Perhaps a decent introductory book but couldn t help but feel it could have been better I ve had this book on my wish list for a couple of years now A young gay Asian man from Australia looks at LGBT people in various countries in East Southeastern Asia He meets people, listens to their stories, gives a little bit of history of these particular groups Some stories are funny, most are informative, some are quite sad It s a pretty formulaic book Law visits a country, meets with a particular group [...]


  • When I saw the ARC sitting on the shelf at work I may have done a bit of an embarrassing dance I d heard about this a few months ago and had been dying to read it ever since.And it didn t disappoint Filled with fascinating interviews and shrewd observations about the many different gay communities throughout Asia, this book is not to be missed It was fascinating reading about the people who are part of these fascinating cultures and what they think about what it means to be gay in their country [...]


  • Benjamin Law is not the most technically gifted writer going around, but he has a very finely honed sense of humour that makes his books very readable What makes them especially so for me is that they are written with such an authentic voice Law doesn t pretend to be anything he s not, and as I am also a gay man from South East Queensland, I can relate to not just what he talks about but his vernacular and his sense of humour.The weakness of the book is that he is too aware of his limitations as [...]


  • Benjamin Law takes us on a Safran esque journey into gay Asia Introducing us to sex workers in Indonesia, participants of the world s biggest Transsexual pageant in Thailand, and to activists in India where homosexuality has only recently been decriminalised We see gay Asia through law s point of view, that of an Australian gay man The book focusses mainly on the publicised faucets of the gay world, sex workers, sexual health workers, gay activists and conversion programs, which might seem to p [...]


  • Interesting enough, but quite white in its wide eyed astonishment at how LGBTQ people live in Asia The focus was also very heavily on gay men perhaps because Ben Law himself is a gay man so found it easier to get into such circles , with only a handful of information on lesbians and queer women The chapter on Indonesia was particularly disappointing, as Ben seemed to fall into the all too common trap of thinking Bali Indonesia.This book had the potential to be a lot , but sadly it didn t quite r [...]


  • An interesting traipse through several difference countries though a bit stereotyped in some instances, particularly India Law follows the usual Western practice of staying in el cheapo accommodation and whining about the facilities The snide comments about poverty are not matched by any perceptible willingness to pay a fair price.It would have been good if Law had reflected on his position of privilege which allows him to intrude into other people s lives Would the reverse have been possible if [...]


  • I really enjoyed this I think it s a great read regardless of whether you know a fair bit about LGBT politics in Asia or nothing at all If I d written a book like this I would ve probably ruined it by trying to put too much in Instead Law just meets people and tells their stories, focusing on a specific issue or group within the LGBT umbrella in each country sex workers and HIV in Myanmar, a beauty pageant for trans women in Thailand, queers in heterosexual marriages in China Law is very funny a [...]


  • A well written, easy to read exploration of what GLBTI people face in a range of different Asian countries Sometimes it is hard not to feel outrage when reading the way so many gay and transgender people are treated, but the book also details the varied ways each country community views and deals with GLBTI people and just how much variety there is, even within those categories, in how people are perceived and treated from one place to another.A good read as a travelogue by a gay Queenslander of [...]


  • By turns cheeky, catty and serious, Gaysia is a rollicking ride through major points in the gay world in Asia By no means flippant, this is nevertheless a fun to read and informative study Some chapters were just utterly shocking China and scary Myanmar , while others were inspiring India , quirky Japan and camp Indonesia The best part about the book is Benjamin Law s command of the language, which results in some extremely well crafted prose throughout the book.


  • Grace interviews Benjamin Law about his new book Gaysia Adventures in the Queer East From the homosexuality curing properties of special yoga to providing sex education in Burma or going behind the scenes at a Thai ladyboy beauty contest, this is a rollicking conversation Originally broadcast on 23 08 2012.


  • This is a sad sojourn through some countries of Asia and being LGBTI in them Law tries to lighten the mood with his observations of various people s outfits and mannerisms but when he writes of full blown AIDS his own ignorance of the serious matters he touches reveals itself.


  • Funny Shocking Sobering Benjamin s tour of gay Asia offers a fascinating insight into the struggle for acceptance, but what I loved even was his brilliantly crafted turns of phrase and ability to describe everything with deadpan hilarity.


  • Based on images in the United States, you wouldn t think there were any Asian gays around because they are so marginalized within the LGBTQ community Then you read a book like this and know they are a rather large and prevalent group in the world However, the downside is that it s not all wine and roses for gay men in some of these Asian countries where traditional roles and responsibilities are demanded and many are exploited by Westerners seeking cheap vacations and even cheaper and illicit se [...]


  • This ended up being rather moving and informative than I had expected from its lighthearted beginnings and a lot of the stories and situations described were unsurprisingly very sad and frustrating I listened to the audiobook which was read by the author, Benjamin Law, whose account of homosexuality across several Asian countries was honest, interesting and personal as he spoke with locals from key segments of the GLBT community of each country.


  • If you haven t read this book then run down to your local bookstore or online source and pick up a copy now Beautiful and insightful, moving and inspirational, this is real food for thought An insight into gay Asian culture that will blow your mind I can t recommend it highly enough.


  • An interesting collection of insights into some different aspects of gay life in seven different Asian countries Love Benjamin Law s writing


  • I have travelled AsiaI have travelled to different parts of Asia but never any places this book covered I was funny but sad also but still a good read.


  • This book was incredible and invaluable as a research tool Anyone who wants to understand gay culture and what it s like to be gay in Asia really HAS to read this.


  • Subject interesting than executionSome interesting insights into gay culture in the region, but little real analysis or context to make it truly powerful



  • a funny, well researched and insightful read three point five was recommended to me by a friend, and it said exactly what it did on the tin.



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