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Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Postsocialist China by Tiantian Zheng (review)

Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Postsocialist China by Tiantian Zheng (review) Reviews 195 that Kang's engagement with the arts of the ink brush has been largely overlooked in English-language literature. But Wong shows us that it is this very engagement that fully illuminates Kang's relationship to his social surround: she carefully demonstrates how change was embodied for Kang in calligraphy and painting, and in a more literal sense, how he changed and shaped the practice and thinking of artists within his own milieu. That these were the revolutionary minds who were committed to exploring new ways of seeing the nation emphatically underscores the relevance of this "other" Kang Youwei -- and of Wong's book -- to the social history of modern China. Lisa Claypool Lisa Claypool is an associate professor of the history of art, design, and visual culture at the University of Alberta and is working on a book to be called Picturing Science in Modern China. Tiantian Zheng. Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Postsocialist China. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015. viii, 256 pp. Hardcover $94.50, isbn 978-0-8166-9199-9. Paperback $27.00, isbn 978-08166-9200-2. It is always welcome to see new work emerging on Chinese queer/tongzhi communities, considering the substantial development of this research field since the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Postsocialist China by Tiantian Zheng (review)

China Review International , Volume 21 (2) – Nov 28, 2014

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Reviews 195 that Kang's engagement with the arts of the ink brush has been largely overlooked in English-language literature. But Wong shows us that it is this very engagement that fully illuminates Kang's relationship to his social surround: she carefully demonstrates how change was embodied for Kang in calligraphy and painting, and in a more literal sense, how he changed and shaped the practice and thinking of artists within his own milieu. That these were the revolutionary minds who were committed to exploring new ways of seeing the nation emphatically underscores the relevance of this "other" Kang Youwei -- and of Wong's book -- to the social history of modern China. Lisa Claypool Lisa Claypool is an associate professor of the history of art, design, and visual culture at the University of Alberta and is working on a book to be called Picturing Science in Modern China. Tiantian Zheng. Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Postsocialist China. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015. viii, 256 pp. Hardcover $94.50, isbn 978-0-8166-9199-9. Paperback $27.00, isbn 978-08166-9200-2. It is always welcome to see new work emerging on Chinese queer/tongzhi communities, considering the substantial development of this research field since the

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Published: Nov 28, 2014

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