Examining Singapore’s anti-gay paradox
Karen Ferguson, SFU Urban Studies, 778.782.7958, firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Hok-Sze Leung, SFU GSWS, 604.727.9344, Helen_leung@sfu.ca
Kamilah Charters-Gabanek, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151, email@example.com
On April 11, Audrey Yue of the University of Melbourne will examine the paradox of Singapore with Creative Singapore and the Illiberal Pragmatics of Sexuality, where the transition to a creative economy has meant an emergence of a vibrant gay culture, although homosexuality still remains a criminal offence.
Yue will present her case study of Fridae, an online gay Asian portal, to demonstrate how social enterprises can harness creativity through dual business and social empowerment models. These dual models, as Yue states, can allow for both individuals and communities to claim cultural rights in countries where sexual rights are non-existent.
Creative Singapore and the Illiberal Pragmatics of Sexuality will also cover how Singapore’s cultural liberalization can be sustained and continue to grow while located in a country that actively persecutes homosexuality. Funded by the SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the lecture is co-presented by The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and the Graduate Program in Urban Studies.
Audrey Yue is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at The University of Melbourne. Born in Singapore, her research covers the fields of cultural policy, migrant media and mobilities, and diasporic sexualities. She is currently the Chief Investigator of two Australian Research Council funded projects, and is completing a monograph on queer Asian migrations.
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