First queer voices from Thailand:uncle Go’s advice columns for gays, lesbians and kathoeys


其他題名:Uncle Go's advice columns for gays, lesbians and kathoeys

作者:Peter A. Jackson


出版社:Hong Kong University Press

出版地:Hong Kong

集叢名:Queer Asia


ISBN:978-988-8083-26-8 ; 988-8083-26-0


This is a fully revised and substantially expanded edition of Peter Jackson’s highly regarded pioneering study of an Asian gay culture, Male Homosexuality in Thailand (1989). The hero of Jackson’s fascinating narrative is “Uncle Go”, which was the pen name of a popular magazine editor who, despite being avowedly heterosexual, was tolerant of all sexual practices and whose “agony uncle” columns in the 1970s provided unique spaces in the national press for Thailand’s gays, lesbians and transgenders (kathoeys) to speak for themselves in the public domain. By allowing the voices of alternative sexualities to be heard, Uncle Go emerged as Thailand’s first champion of gender equality and sexual rights.
Peter Jackson translates and analyses selected correspondence published in Uncle Go’s advice columns, preserving and presenting important primary sources. In this new edition, Jackson has expanded his coverage to include not only letters from Thai gay men, but also those from lesbians and transgenders, thus capturing the full diversity of Thailand’s modern queer cultures at a key moment in their historical development when new understandings of sexual identities were first communicated to the wider community.

Peter A. Jackson is emeritus professor of Thai history at the Australian National University and editor of Queer Bangkok: 21st Century Markets, Media, and Rights (HKU Press, 2011).

  • List of Illustrations(p.vii)
  • Transcription of Thai(p.ix)
  • Special Thanks(p.x)
  • Foreword to the First Edition, Gilbert Herdt, PhD(p.xii)
  • Introduction to the Third Edition(p.xiv)
  • Afterword: Thai Print Capitalism and Uncle Go in Transnational Queer History(p.253)
  • Bibliography(p.261)
  • Index(p.267)