“Taiwan, First Country in Asia to Legalize Same Sex Marriage?”

(Associated Press, South China Morning Post, 11 November 2016)

“Taiwan is to step forward in the history of human rights above other Asian countries”

“The End of Archaic Marriage Laws in Taiwan?”

(Editorial, Taipei Times, 18 November 2016)

According to a Taiwan thinktank poll, the public remains divided on the issue of legalization of same-sex marriage, with 47.8% of respondents supporting the passage of the draft bills and 41.7%  opposed”.

“Social Media Helps Create Tolerance”

(Chris Horton, The New York Times, 18 November 2016)

“Society on the whole has become more accepting than it was a decade ago, when patrons of gay clubs were often harassed by the police. Support for marriage equality is especially strong among younger people”.

“Rainbow in the East: LGBT Rights in Japan”

(Sechiyama Kaku,, 28 May 2015)

“A review of what happened in Japan regarding LGTB rights, transgender issues and same-sex marriages”



“Taiwan Is Progressing to Legalise Same Sex Marriage”

(AAP, AP, Fairfax Media, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 November 2016)

“LGBT causes have gone from scorn to acceptance in barely a generation, to the point that the Parliament is now expected to soon legalise same-sex marriage.”

“Tongzhi: An Old Word With New Meanings”

(Marta Cooper, Quartz, 17 November 2016)

“The (old) phrase for homosexual, ‘tongxinglian’, meaning ‘same-sex love’, was a medical term denoting sickness and pathology, while ‘tongzhi’’ (‘same will’ or ‘same purpose’) was a more positive, gender-neutral, desexualized alternative”.

Gay Marriage in Japan? Only Over the Reactionary LDP’s Cadaver”

(Jeff Kingstone, The Japan Times, 24 August 2016)
“Most East Asian countries have a negative opinion on homosexual marriage. Although the Constitution guarantees equality, the reality is that gay couples have a very different treatment and find difficulties with legal issues”.

“The Shifting Sexual Norms in Japan’s Literary History”

(Damian Flanagan, The Japan Times, 19 November 2016)

“Though Japan’s current social conservatism appears at odds with the West’s liberalizing tendencies, it’s also at odds with the nation’s own past. Writers, stretching from Ihara to modern authors such as Natsume Soseki and Yukio Mishima, have often approached sexuality with curiosity”




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