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Queer comrades: towards a postsocialist queer politics

Bao, Hongwei



Perhaps one of the most fascinating changes in the modern Chinese language in the past century has been the use of the term tongzhi (同志). In its early twentieth-century sense of ‘comrade’, tongzhi was widely used as an honorific in China’s revolutionary and socialist eras for people across the political left, although the term’s origin from and connection with international communist movements was also evident.1 In China’s post-revolutionary and postsocialist era, the term has been used by gender and sexual minorities including LGBTQ people for self-identification. Recently it has become a term synonymous with ‘queer’ in English. From ‘comrade’ to ‘queer’, and from a socialist politics blind to human sexuality to a hypersexualised postsocialist queer politics - what has happened and what can we learn from it?


Bao, H. (2019). Queer comrades: towards a postsocialist queer politics. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 24-37.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 24, 2019
Online Publication Date Dec 1, 2019
Publication Date Dec 1, 2019
Deposit Date Dec 10, 2019
Publicly Available Date Dec 2, 2020
Journal Soundings
Print ISSN 1362-6620
Publisher Lawrence and Wishart
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Issue 73
Pages 24-37
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