QA Blogs

‘Queer’ Asia blogs present perspectives on LGBTQ+ issues in Asia. Our contributors include artists, activists and academics working on LGBTQ+ issues in Asia or Asian diasporas. If you wish to contribute to our blog, please write to us at queerasia@gmail.com.


QA Blog Series: QA 2020 Rethinking Radical Now Series (ongoing)

‘Rethinking Radical Now’ Blog Series Introduction by Jennifer Ung Loh and J. Daniel Luther

‘퀴어’가 한국말로 뭐에요? (What is ‘Queer’ in Korean?): Reflections on Navigating as Queer-identifying Student Activist by Jessie Yoon

Queer Safer Spaces by Elmira Zadissa and Ramona Zadissa

Queer Theory in the Sexual Health and Human Rights Paradigm by Justin Francis Bionat

China by Jinhao Xie

For Sara by Sabiha Allouche

Ontopower and Queer Radical Changes by Victor Fan


QA Blog Series: From South Asia with Love (ongoing)

SAL (1) – Steering in new directions: after Sec377


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QA Blog Series: Building Blocks in the LGBT Asian community in the UK (ongoing)

BB (1) – Laks Mann and the Gaysians


QA Blog Series: Doubly Others – Queers of Colour in the Diaspora (ongoing)

Inheritance by Alexandra D’Sa


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QA Blog Series: Reflections on the conference and film festival

Reflections (1) – Silence That Breaks the Boundary: Voicelessness as a Queer Asian Art Expression

Reflections (2) – Learning and Exploring at ‘Queer’ Asia: A Perspective from Central Asia

Reflections (3) – Feelings for knowledge: Reflecting on bodies, borders, and bacteria at Queer Asia 2018


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QA Blog Series: QA18 Bodies X Borders Art Exhibition: Artist Interviews

Overview of the ‘Queer’ Asia 2018 Art Exhibition (original on Study at SOAS Blogs) – by Rhea Tuli, Curator

Exploring South Asian Gender and History through Experimental Fashion Design: Interview with Manimekala Fuller

Calling Attention to South Korean LGBTQ+ Human Rights Issues through Multimedia Art: Interview with Showna Kim

Exploring Queer Asia: Bodes X Borders (original on Cuntemporary) – by Rhea Tuli, Curator

LGBT Censorship in Art Institutions: Interview with Ryudai Takano

Sexuality, Violence, and Beauty in Art: Interview with Alqumit Alhamad

Underwear as a Window to Gay Life: Interview with Heezy Yang

Collaging Narratives: Interview with Jay Cabalu


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QA18 Conference and Film Festival overview – on Study at SOAS Blogs

Information regarding the upcoming ‘Queer’ Asia 2018 events at SOAS, UCL, and the British Museum


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Event Report: Queer Korean Trans and Diaspora Identity

‘Queer’ Asia and SOAS North Korea Society got together to organise a seminar on “Queer Korean Trans and Diaspora Identity” at SOAS, University of London on 1st Dec, 2017.



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Overview of LGBTQ activism in South Korea by Heezy Kim Yang

“Even though South Korea has become a culturally very influential Asian country, non-native South Koreans outside South Korea are often only able to access limited bits of the country’s culture due to the language barrier and South Korea’s unfamiliarity with foreigners.”


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QA17 – Zed Books Blog Contest

Being Queer in North Korea – Shyun J. Ahn 

Waiting for the Worst – Diego García Rodríguez

Dishes and Desire in DC – Ping H. Wang 

Versions of Violence Against Trans People in China – Ausma Bernotaite

The Colonial Choreography of Queer Value – Sara Shroff


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What do queers want? QA17 Summary by Allan C. Simpson

A summary write up of the ‘Queer’ Asia 2017 Conference by Allan C. Simpson, Co-founder and Committee member of ‘Queer’ Asia


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Trans rights: Legal gender recognition in Asia and the Pacific by Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN): “Trans people are among the most vulnerable populations throughout Asia and the Pacific and face significant barriers in exercising their human rights, including their right to health.”


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Queer Politics and Tibet: Past, Present and the Future – Seagh Kehoe and Chelsea E. Hall

Gay and Indian in Malaysia? Forget it – R. Jeyathurai

Acrush: A Case Study in Chinese Gender Neutrality – Jamie J. Zhao

Queer’ India: A Path to Sustained Progress? – Jennifer Ung Loh


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Awareness awaiting recognition: Intersex rights in Hong Kong – Geoffrey Yeung 

“Activists are still advocating for the right for intersex people not to be subject to genital surgeries without their consent. The gender binary remains entrenched in the law and on identity cards.”


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Far left behind: the situation of LGBTI rights in Indonesia – Yasmin Purba

“Although there is no law criminalising homosexuality or same-sex conduct at the national level, except in Aceh province, there are at least 15 discriminatory policies against LGBTI people in Indonesia.”


To submit a blog, please email us at queerasia@gmail.com with your ideas!