Reviews Hongwei Bao. Queer Comrades: Gay Identity and Tongzhi Activism in Postsocialist China. Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press, 2018. xii, 265 pp. Softcover $22.50, ISBN 978-87-7694-236-6. In the age of global neoliberalism, the minority groups in the West—be it gendered, sexualized, and/or racialized—are confronted with new challenges recreated right through their own identities. Via the seductive terms of personal liberty and individual beneﬁts allocated through their minoritized identities, the transformative energies of the feminist, antiracist, and LGBTQ activists are substantively neutralized and mitigated through the incorporation into the neoliberal system for conditional recognition in ways to forestall structural changes (Ferguson 2012). For instance, the once-prevalent feminist slogan “the personal is political” has been turned on its head into “the political is personal” as a telling example about how neoliberalism manages its adversaries by sanitizing and neutralizing their resistant collectivities through the fractionalizing and trivializing individualist take (Fraser 2013). Hongwei Bao’s new book, “Queer Comrades: Gay Identity and Tongzhi Activism in Postsocialist China,” provides those living on the margin some hopeful alternative possibilities. Centering on the linguistic and sociopolitical construction of Tongzhi (queer/comrade) as a critical optic, this project offers an intriguing account of how Chinese queers ﬁnd
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Mar 6, 2019
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