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Webinar on Contemporary Issues in Queer Research: Dr. Ying-Chao Kao

Webinar on Contemporary Issues in Queer Research: Dr. Ying-Chao Kao - Available at University of Iceland
Thu, 17/03/2022 - 15:00 to 17:00


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The Coloniality of Queer Theory: The Effects of ‘Homonormativity’ on Transnational Taiwan’s Path to Equality

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Meeting ID: 637 8651 6696

Passcode: 915464

This study extends the “Queer” Asias critique to deconstruct the coloniality of queer theory in transnational Taiwan. Focusing on Duggan’s critique of homonormativity, I used 22-months ethnographic data to examine its Taiwanese glocalization and influences on American scholars’ denigration of Taiwanese marriage equality campaigns. I argue that the glocalization of homonormativity theory has generated the disruption between queer theory and embodied experiences, falsely assumed the universalism of queer theory, and failed to recognize practices of diversifying families and resistance to neoliberalism. The homonormativity glocalization also produces “radical queer temporality” and Orientalist double standards that collude with imperialist epistemology. I conclude with strategies for a decolonial queer theory and discuss how to apply the decolonial framework established in this research to understand Taiwan’s indigenous-born “Tongzhi” (LGBTQ-friendly) Education.  

Ying-Chao Kao, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his PhD in Sociology from Rutgers University in 2018. Professor Kao’s research interests include sexualities, masculinities, global religions, and inequalities. His current research tracks the global flows of Christian conservative activism, exploring how Taiwanese and American pro-family organizations have shaped and mobilized the global structures to oppose the sexual citizenship of the tongzhi (LGBTQI+) people. The ongoing globalized oppositional moral movements against marriage equality and “tongzhi education” are particularly examined in the contexts of neo-liberalism, geopolitics, and hetero-hegemony. Bridging the sociological research on religion, sexualities, and transnationalism, Kao’s analysis relates sexual politics and the resurgence of global Christianity to reveal the transnational networks of social conservatism and critically examine the changes in global inequalities. To learn more, please visit his website: 


Dr. Ying-Chao Kao, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Virginia Commonwealth University.The third in a series of five webinars the School of Education will present this spring semester on Contemporary Issues in Queer Research Transnationally.

Webinar on Contemporary Issues in Queer Research: Dr. Ying-Chao Kao