Virtual Book Club: 'Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East' (2012)
by Benjamin Law
3.00PM Wed 19 May 2021
VIRTUAL | Ticketed
Discuss art, life, culture and creativity from the comfort of your own home at the QAGOMA Members Virtual Book Club or join us at the Gallery for a socially distanced discussion. The titles on the autumn reading list will connect to, contextualise and discuss the ideas presented in ‘William Yang: Seeing and Being Seen’. Sessions are hosted by Book Club Facilitator Eve Jensen.
Book 3: Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012), Benjamin Law
Session 1: Wed 19 May, 3.00pm | Online via Zoom
Session 2: Thu 20 May, 10.30am | On-site
Session 3: Sat 22 May, 3.00pm | On-site
Benjamin Law considers himself lucky to live in Australia, but as the child of migrants, he’s also curious about how different life might have been had he grown up in Asia. He sets off to meet his fellow Gaysians, taking his investigative duties seriously: going nude where required in gay Balinese nudist resorts; sitting backstage for hours with Thai ladyboy beauty contestants; and trying Indian yoga classes designed to cure his homosexuality. The characters he meets — from Tokyo’s celebrity drag queens to HIV-positive Burmese sex workers, and from Malaysian ex-gay Christian fundamentalists to Chinese gays and lesbians who marry each other to please their parents — all teach him something new about being queer in Asia.