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We presume that homophobic Issei Japanese immigrants , struggling to survive in anti-Asian America, prevented any possibility for queer individuals or community to flourish. Yet, Issei came from a tradition of accepted same-sex sexuality dating back to the s. In the late s and early s, awareness and sympathy towards same-sex sexuality appeared widespread in the Japanese American community. Many Nikkei Japanese diaspora who were non-normative in their intimacies and gender presentation lived open yet quiet lives. Some more boldly declared their queerness through publications, attire, or even letters to strangers. They contributed significantly to the Nikkei community, yet remain largely forgotten within a historical narrative that continues to erase queers as well as women.
Taiwan, by contrast, was a pioneer in recognizing same-sex marriage in May , to be followed by Thailand, which passed a civil partnerships bill in July Asian critics of homosexuality have long argued that it is a Western behavior, superimposed upon Eastern cultures as a decadent, neo-colonial side effect of globalization. Even those who are not opposed to homosexuality tend to shrug their shoulders at what they believe to be a uniformly conservative continent when it comes to sexual politics. The public will never accept it.
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