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Title: Asian Sexuality or Singapore Exceptionalism?
Authors: Leong, L.W.-T. 
Keywords: Asian values
Conservative society
Section 377A
Singapore exceptionalism
Issue Date: Apr-2012
Citation: Leong, L.W.-T. (2012-04). Asian Sexuality or Singapore Exceptionalism?. Liverpool Law Review 33 (1) : 11-26. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Is there such a thing as "Asian sexuality"? Do Asians approach sex in particular ways that are uniquely cultural? Some "Eastern" sex manuals published in English cover the "tao" and tantric philosophies of sex, highlighting the pleasures of Asian styles. Yet, any discourse on "Asian sexuality" must be an orientalist one that pits the West versus the East (Asian). In Singapore, there is an official discourse of sexuality that similarly essentializes West versus East (Asian), and this discourse has long served as the rationale or alibi for repressive sexual policies. In particular, these official constructions make "Asians" as sexually conservative. This essay deconstructs the meaning of "Asian sexuality" as used in the Singapore context and shows the contradictions inherent in official policies that adopt Western colonial laws to proscribe certain sexual practices-albeit in the name of "Asian values". © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Source Title: Liverpool Law Review
ISSN: 0144932X
DOI: 10.1007/s10991-012-9106-8
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