The Rice Queen Diaries

Daniel Gawthrop


In this relocating autobiography, Daniel Gawthrop writes concerning the politics and pleasures of being a self-identified “rice queen”: a homosexual guy who's interested in Asians. Navigating throughout the city jungles of Western towns like Vancouver and London, in addition to the humid streets of Bangkok and Hanoi, Daniel explores the multicultural minefields of sexuality and tradition as he articulates the manners and contradictions of his desires.

The politics of race, and the unstated principles of homosexual Asian tradition in either Western and jap settings, underscore Daniel’s own trip, within which he recollects his youngster years spent idolizing Bruce Lee and his fixation on an Asian schoolmate whose hazing turns into a sexual spectacle for him. As he enters maturity, his wishes turn into show up as he explores the subcultures of lengthy Yang golf equipment (where homosexual Asians and “their admirers” can meet) prior to departing for Asia, the place his encounters turn into transactions, and he learns the challenging approach that sexual wish has a human and emotional cost.

Evoking the subjects of Edward Said’s Orientalism, The Rice Queen Diaries is as a lot a private assertion approximately tradition and otherness because it is ready homosexual wish. Traversing 3 continents, those diaries are a private reckoning, a daring coming to phrases with the nuances of sexuality that has relevance for all of us.

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