Research, Activism, and Activist Research in Tongzhi China

William Schroeder Iii, William F. Schroeder

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter encourages researchers of queer life in the People's Republic of China and elsewhere to take account of the field situation before assuming the applicability of the concept 'activism' to a particular project. Activism is not a transparent concept and has many cultural understandings. Moreover, activism even as locally defined might be limited and carry with it a range of exclusions that prevent researchers from understanding the bigger picture. By being sensitive to the variety of activisms and their relevance to a particular community, researchers can produce more empathic interpretations of culture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQueer / Tongzhi China
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives on Research, Activism and Activist Research
EditorsElisabeth L. Engebretsen , Hongwei Bao
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherNIAS Press
ISBN (Print)978 87 7694 153 6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015

Publication series

NameGendering Asia
PublisherNIAS Press


  • queer
  • China
  • activism
  • play


Dive into the research topics of 'Research, Activism, and Activist Research in Tongzhi China'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this