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La fuerza expresiva del deseo en Lan Yu de Stanley Kwan .

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Author(s): David L. Eng

Journal: Revista de Estudios Sociales
ISSN 0123-885X

Issue: 28;
Start page: 104;
Date: 2007;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Stanley Kwan's Lan Yu configures the emergence of homosexuality in contemporary China far beyond its validation in recognizably Western identitarian terms: the affirmation of an existing but misrecognized minority population; the defense of sexual "perversion"; the positing of sexual freedom, legal recognition, and political rights; the justification of a bourgeois consumer lifestyle, or even the expression of a universalizing and bindingtove bringing togethertwo abstract individu√°is. Instead, in Kwan's film, homosexuality and its expressive desire mark the emergence of a new humanism in (post)socialist China under the shadows of global capitalism and neoliberal development. Gays and lesbians, that is, are harbingers of a new modernity, helping to situate China in its proper place within a cosmopolitan globalized world. From this perspective, homosexuality functions as a critical tool for organizing and evaluating the historical continuities and ruptures among China's (semi)colonial past, its revolutionary aspirations for a socialist modernity, and its present investments in a neoliberal capitalist world order.
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