Grounding Conversations on Sexuality and Asian Law
30 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2016
Date Written: 2011
American legal literature sometimes perpetuates the misbelief that Asia is void of any protection of sexual orientation and gender identity rights.This view corresponds with flawed assumptions that Asia is a monolithic region more hostile than the West is to sexual orientation and gender identity minorities. In this imagination, Asia is defined in opposition to the West in a sharply contrasted binary. This Essay explains why these perceptions of Asia are erroneous and how they stifle productive discourse about law reform both in Asia and in the United States. This Essay seeks to inspire greater accuracy and nuance in conversations about sexuality and Asian law.
Keywords: Sexual orientation, gender identity, sexuality, LGBT, SOGI, Asian values, relativism, comparative law
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