Homosexuality in China: mini-podcast

As I was writing my book, the most eye-opening topic I researched was the history of same-sex love in China (followed closely by the history of prostitution). As I was finishing the book a friend helped me prepare a brief podcast on the subject. You may find it very surprising:

Podcast_Homosexuality

The trajectory from tolerance to complete prohibition and back to tolerance, at least in urban areas, is as dramatic as it is improbable.

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 2 Comments

Thanks for posting this. Fascinating stuff, and good job cramming a lot of interesting information in just a couple of minutes. I wonder how many Chinese people today know about the history of homosexuality in China’s ancient past.

November 21, 2012 @ 2:50 am | Comment

Well, they sure don’t teach it in China’s schools. There is a lot about China’s sexual past that most contemporary Chinese are unaware of. A real shame, being denied knowledge of such a rich heritage.

November 21, 2012 @ 3:27 am | Comment

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