Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Benjamin Law

Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East

Black Inc.
Publication date: June 2013
ISBN: 9781922231147
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Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia: he can hold his boyfriend's hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognise same-sex marriage. As the child of migrants, though, he also wonders how different life might have been had he grown up elsewhere. So off he sets to meet his fellow Gaysians.

Law takes his investigative duties seriously, baring all in Balinese gay nudist resorts, and taking Indian yoga classes designed to cure his homosexuality. The characters he meets - from Tokyo's celebrity drag queens to HIV-positive Burmese sex workers, from Malaysian ex-gay Christian fundamentalists to Thai ladyboy beauty contestants - all teach him something new about being queer in Asia.

At once hilarious and moving, Gaysia traces a fascinating quest by a leading Australian writer.

'a terrific read ... gonzo anthropology and great storytelling' - John Safran

'one of the most surprising and entertaining voices in Australian nonfiction writing ... Gaysia is a book of powerful, enlightening stories on a fraught topic, told with care, empathy, grace and good humour' - the Australian

'Gaysia is like a Louis Theroux documentary in book form' - Bookseller+Publisher

Benjamin Law is the author of Gaysia and The Family Law. He is a senior contributor to frankie magazine and his work has also appeared in the Monthly, the Big Issue, the Courier-Mail, Growing Up Asian in Australia and The Best Australian Essays. He lives in Brisbane.
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