Out in the Himalayas: Lesbians of Yunnan: Same Sex Relations in Minority China

Presented by the RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART
in association with
OUT magazine and IN THE LIFE
Wednesday night events in Gay Pride Month focusing on gay, lesbian and transgender issues in the Himalayan region.
June 9, 2010
7:00 PM

$15/$13.50 for members
$7 Student Discount w/ Valid Student Identification
Includes pre-event tour Transgender Transformation – transgender represented in Himalayan art at 6 p.m.
Himalayan Happy Hour: 5 – 7 p.m.
Rutgers anthropologist Louisa Schein illustrates the topic of ‘Same Sex Relations in Minority China’ with a film-in-progress Ma and Yi by visual anthropologist Liu Yi.
The lush province of Yunnan boasts a startling biodiversity as well as having the highest concentration of ethnic and cultural groups in all of China. Ma and Yi are lovers. Yi is of the Yi–an ethnic group once predominantly animist. Her girlfriend Ma is Hui and a Muslim. Ma and Yi’s college friends are now all getting married and the two young women long for a wedding ceremony of their own. The film documents their reaction to and reception at the weddings of their Muslim friends. Liu Yi’s film looks at the relationship of these two young women in a country whose official stance on same-sex relationships seems to be “no approval, no disapproval, and no promotion.”
Louisa Schein is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, NJ. She is the author of Translocal China: Linkages, Identities and the Reimagining of Space, co-edited with Tim Oakes, 2006; Minority Rules: The Miao and the Feminine in China’s Cultural Politics, 2000; and the forthcoming Media, Erotics and Transnational Asia, co-edited with Purnima Mankekar.
The visual anthropologist and filmmaker Liu Yi has lived, studied and worked extensively inChina,Switzerland,Scotland,Germany and Liberia during the last decade. She is now based at the East Asian Institute of Visual Anthropology at Yunnan University with particular focus on minority populations in Yunnan, notably a Chinese Thai village and young Chinese Muslims.
Presented with the support of the Arcus Foundation
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