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“This is very personal and private, but I’ve told you everything.” Old Chan thus gives voice to the attitude expressed in all thirteen stories told in this intimate oral history of life at the margins of Hong Kong society, stories punctuated by laughter, joy, happiness, and pride, as well as tears, anger, remorse, shame, and guilt. Illustrated with photos, letters, and other images, Oral Histories of Older Gay Men in Hong Kong: Unspoken but Unforgotten gives voice to the complexities of a “secretive” past with unique hardships as these men came to terms with their sexuality, adulthood, and a colonial society. The men talk with equal candour about how their sexuality remains a complication as they negotiate failing health, ageing, and their current role in society. While fascinating as life histories, these stories also add insight to the theoretical debates surrounding identity and masculinity, coming out, ageing and sexuality, and power and resistance. Confined within the heteronormative culture prescribed by government, family, and religion, these men have lived the whole of their lives struggling to find their social role, challenging the distinction between public and private, and longing for a stable homosexual relationship and a liberating homosexual space in the face of deteriorating health and a youth-obsessed gay community.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgements
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. Note on Romanization
  2. p. x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 1. Old Chan: Brokeback below the Lion Rock (1924–2013)
  2. pp. 21-28
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  1. 2. Brother Ming: Who Says There Are No Communist Tongzhi? (1935–2010)
  2. pp. 29-39
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  1. 3. Shmily: A Butterfly with 1,500 Male Lovers (1949–)
  2. pp. 40-52
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  1. 4. David: A Charming Liar (1946–)
  2. pp. 53-64
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  1. 5. Robert: A Banished Expatriate Officer in the Royal Hong Kong Police (1947–)
  2. pp. 65-75
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  1. 6. Jonathan: A Gay Gambler Who Turned over a New Leaf (1948–)
  2. pp. 76-94
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  1. Photo Exhibition of An Oral History of Older Gay Men in Hong Kong (2014)
  2. Bobby K. H. SHAM (Bobpin)
  3. pp. 95-100
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  1. 7. Uncle Lee: A Sunset Tongzhi (1940–2016)
  2. pp. 101-108
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  1. 8. May Wu: A Divine Woman’s Poisons of Ignorance, Attachment, and Aversion (1940–)
  2. pp. 109-120
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  1. 9. Brother Shing: Only Men Understand Me (1944–)
  2. pp. 121-129
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  1. 10. Uncle Leung: A Lifelong Libertine Who ‘Queered’ around Hong Kong, Macao, and Canton (1945–)
  2. pp. 130-137
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  1. 11. Tommy: A Bisexual Butterfly (1949–)
  2. pp. 138-148
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  1. 12. Tony: The Bear Chaser (1950–)
  2. pp. 149-160
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  1. 13. Nigel Collett: A History Boy, a Military Man, a Writer, and an Activist (1952–)
  2. pp. 161-170
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  1. Conclusion: Transformation of an Academic Project into Participatory Action Research
  2. pp. 171-178
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  1. Glossary
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  1. References
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  1. Questionnaire
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