This is an examination of erotic encounters between European, Asian and Pacific people. These essays explore how sexual practice and sexual meanings have been constructed across cultural borders in Thailand, the Philippines, Burma/Myanmar, Japan, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the Polynesian islands. Regarding sexuality as embedded in a complex social and political world structured and saturated by gender, race and class relations, these scholars challenge the categories with which sex and gender have been named and studied. They examine these sites of desire through specific historic and cultural circumstances, from the first explorations of Europeans, through colonial power, to the contemporary issues of sexual tourism, prostitution and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The book also suggests that the history of sexuality in the West was shaped by myths of the legendary Orient and the exotic "other".
List of Illustrations Preface Introduction: Sites of Desire/Economies of Pleasure in Asia and the Pacific Lenore Manderson, Margaret Jolly. Ch. 1: Educating Desire in Colonial Southeast Asia: Foucault, Freud and Imperial Sexualities Ann Staler Ch. 2: Contested Images and Common Strategies: Early Colonial Sexual Politics in the Massim Adam Reed Ch. 3: Gaze and Grasp: Plantations, Desires, Indentured Indians, and Colonial Law in Fiji John D. Kelly Ch. 4: From Point Venus to Bali Ha'i: Eroticism and Exoticism in Representations of the Pacific Margaret Jolly Ch. 5: Parables of Imperialism and Fantasies of the Exotic: Western Representations and Thailand - Place and Sex Lenore Manderson Ch. 6: Primal Dream: Masculinism, Sin and Salvation in Thailand's Sex Trade Annette Hamilton Ch. 7: Kathoey > < Man: The Historical Emergence of Gay Male Identity in Thailand Peter A. Jackson Ch. 8: State of Desire: Transformations in Huli Sexuality Jeffrey Clark Ch. 9: A Plague on the Borders: HIV, Development, and Traveling Identities in the Golden Triangle Doug Porter Ch. 10: A Matter of "Choice": Discourses on Prostitution in the Philippines Lisa Law Ch. 11: The Foreign Devil Returns: Packaging Sexual Practice and Risk in Contemporary Japan Sandra Buckley Notes Bibliography Filmography Contributors Index