Singaporean queering of the internet: toward a new form of cultural transmission of rights discourse
Offord, B 2003, 'Singaporean queering of the internet: toward a new form of cultural transmission of rights discourse', in C Berry, F Martin & A Yue (eds), Mobile cultures : new media in queer Asia, Duke University Press, Durham, USA, pp. 133-157. ISBN: 0822330873
Mobile Cultures provides much-needed, empirically grounded studies of the connections between new media technologies, the globalization of sexual cultures, and the rise of queer Asia. The availability and use of new media—fax machines, mobile phones, the Internet, electronic message boards, pagers, and global television—have grown exponentially in Asia over the past decade. This explosion of information technology has sparked a revolution, transforming lives and lifestyles, enabling the creation of communities and the expression of sexual identities in a region notorious for the regulation of both information and sexual conduct. Whether looking at the hanging of toy cartoon characters like “Hello Kitty” from mobile phones to signify queer identity in Japan or at the development of queer identities in Indonesia or Singapore, the essays collected here emphasize the enormous variance in the appeal and uses of new media from one locale to another.