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Gaysia

Adventures in the Queer East
Narrated by: Benjamin Law
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Gender Issues
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Benjamin Law considers himself pretty lucky to live in Australia: he can hold his boyfriend's hand in public and lobby his politicians to recognize same-sex marriage. But as the child of immigrants, he's also curious about how different life might have been had he grown up in Asia. So he sets off to meet his fellow Gaysians.

Law takes his investigative duties seriously, going nude where required in Balinese sex resorts, sitting backstage for hours with Thai ladyboy beauty contestants, and trying Indian yoga classes designed to cure his homosexuality. The characters he meets - from Tokyo's celebrity drag queens to HIV-positive Burmese sex workers and Malaysian ex-gay Christian fundamentalists to Chinese gays and lesbians who marry each other to please their parents - all teach him something new about being queer in Asia.

At once entertaining and moving, Gaysia is a wild ride and a fascinating quest by a leading Australian writer.

©2015 Benjamin Law (P)2016 Audible, Ltd.

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interesting

not surprising but entertaining Ben gives a good account of approaches to lbgtq in all these countries and some interesting personalities

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a must listen!

brutally raw, sad, honest uplifting and guy wrenchingly hilarious. this non fiction stunner contains everything to make the reader experience every emotion. Law is a well researched thoughtful and humble in his quest for answers.

an awesome writer of depths of talent who has an uncanny knack for matching his fast wit just at the right moment to the bleak sadness of inequality and the poorer you are, the less you get