In 2005, the China Society Press (中国社会出版社） published a research on homosexuality in China.
Although it's a bit dry, I thought it would be nice to give a short overview here of the findings of their research.
Next time I will present their findings chapter per chapter.
Homosexuality in China
Homosexality has for a long time been seen as something mysterious. People regard it as forbidden area, and as something that should be closely guarded secret.
But in reality, this phenomenon has always existed from ancient times to now, and is not to be ignored. It should receive the consideration and serious attention of society in all it's aspects.
This book is composed by professor Liu Dalin and professor Lu Longguang. It analyses homosexuality in ancient and modern times, and has over 2000 research analysis examples, seen from a psycho-analitical and sociological point of view. We hope that people can treat homosexuals with a correct attitude, so they [homosexuals] can leave their feelings of inferiority, humiliation and despair behind.
The general situation and the reasons for research on homosexuality in China
Since the eighties, research on homosexuality, homosexuality and public policy have gradually become hot topics and fields of interest in the society of mainland China. A number of research papers has been published, and some media have started to report openly on homosexuality. The main events are:
In 1981, Popular Medicine published Zhang Mingyuan's essay on the homosexual phenomenon in The Dream of the Red Chamber.
In 1985, Wish you good health published Ruan Fangfu's "Homosexuality - a still unresolved riddle", in which homosexuality was regarded as a normal phenomenon.
In 1990 Gu Xueqi carried out a research with 111 gays and lesbians, and the next year published a report of his research.
In 1991， the head of China Health Research Institute, Chen Bingzhong and his assistent Wan Yanhai and others started with health education and research aimed at homosexuals.
In 1992, Pan Suiming carried out a research on the sexual behaviour of homosexuals in Beijing and 4 other cities. This project was included in the National Aids Prevention project. The same year, Li Yinhe's and Wang Xiaobo's "Their world", a research with case studies of homosexuals was published.
To be continued...
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