China Perspectives No. 64

China Perspectives No. 64

China - Society

Sexual Identity Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Shanghai Page 2

Choi Kyung-heeJames FarrerSun Zhongxin

Chinese men who have sex with men are increasingly aware of public discourses of homosexuality, and have created numerous public spaces in which they can make contact with other Chinese men who have sex with men (MSM). At the same time Chinese in general, as well as MSM themselves, have increasingly also become aware of models of openly tolerated “gay”, “homosexual” or “tongzhi” identities popularised through the media, especially internet media. Therefore MSM in large Chinese cities now seem to have a greater number of possible models of sexual identification than in the past, as well as a more tolerant atmosphere for revealing their sexual identities in various social contexts. This paper uses in depth interviews with 30 MSM in Shanghai to discover how they construct and organise their social identities as MSM. It examines the terms men use to describe their sexual orientation, including the nuances that accrue to these terms, stories of how men come to identify themselves as MSM, gay or tongzhi, including their assessment of their sexual orientation, and their different patterns of revealing their sexual identities to different members of their social circles. In particular, it looks at some of the sociological factors that seem to influence self-revelation outside the gay circle, also the consequences of these patterns of self revelation and concealment for these other types of social relations.

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Yosemite Villas–Mirror of Emerging Capitalism? An American-style gated community in Beijing Page 13

Guillaume Giroir

Over the last fifteen years or so, several hundred gated communities have been built around China’s major cities. Most of these tightly policed luxury enclaves follow a standard social model and physical layout. In the advertising brochures, the sales pitch shows little variation.
Yosemite Villas (Youshan meidi bieshu), an American-style gated community on the outskirts of Beijing, is an exception. The publicity materials acquired there in October 2003, are unusually inventive and go well beyond the usual commercial appeal.
This article will analyse the various representations contained in this discourse, and consider to what extent they might provide a key to understanding certain features of China’s emergent capitalism, and the collective imagination of some of its elite.

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The Impact of Macao’s Gaming Industry on Family Life An exploratory study Page 23

Emilie Tran & Kay ChangGertina J. Van Schalkwyk

The purpose of this article is to present a comprehensive situation analysis and an assessment of the needs of the people of Macao in terms of their psychological well-being. It describes the present situation with regard to the ways in which the gaming industry affects family life and challenges the psychological well-being of the residents of Macao. Action research and a key informant approach were the basic methodology for this study, and semi-structured interviews were conducted to gain an understanding of the enabling and disabling processes in family life through the impact of the gaming industry. Textual data were analysed qualitatively for four dimensions. Four themes emerged—family functioning, relationships, child care and psycho-social issues in the family. Although not the only influence, it seems the gaming industry does indeed affect the family unit and the psychological well-being of individuals and groups both directly and indirectly .

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China - Economy

The Modification of the Chinese Exchange Rate Policy Its rationale, extent and recent developments Page 34

Samuel GuérineauMichaël GoujonMathieu Duchâtel

On July 21st 2005, China slightly revalued the yuan and officially modified the exchange rate system. Interpreting this move as only the outcome of international pressures to reduce international trade imbalances is however misleading. To support our argument, we explore the rationale of the July 21st decision through a review of the twin debates of the exchange rate level / system in China. We argue that both external and internal concerns are taken into account by the Chinese authorities in the management of the exchange rate. Moreover, responsibility for the management of the Chinese exchange rate among the imbalance in world trade is in doubt. The review of recent developments since the July 21st decision shows that its impact is limited. While “hot money” inflows seem to have been tamed, previous economic trends have not yet been modified.

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Taiwan

Taiwan: The Security Policy of the Chen Government since 2000 Page 45

Mathieu Duchâtel

Book Reviews

Lucien Bianco, Jacqueries et révolution dans la Chine du XXe siècle Page 60

Alain Roux

Peter Hays Gries, China’s New Nationalism. Pride, Politics and Diplomacy Page 64

Gary D. Rawnsley

Yasheng Huang, Selling China. Foreign Direct Investment during the Reform Era Page 66

Sandra Poncet

Laurence J. C. Ma et Fulong Wu (eds.), Restructuring the Chinese City. Changing Society, Economy and Space Page 68

Valérie Laurans

Christopher R. Hughes and Gudrun Wacker (eds.), China and the Internet: Politics of the Digital Leap Forward Page 70

Anthony Fung

Anru Lee, In the Name of Harmony and Prosperity. Labor and Gender Politics in Taiwan´s Economic Restructuring Catherine Farris, Anru Lee, Murray Rubinstein (eds.), Women in the New Taiwan. Gender Roles and Gender Consciousness in a Changing Society Page 72

Marina Thorborg

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