Contemporary Chinese Queer Culture

Question 1:
PLEASE WATCH “Swordsman 2” [also known as “The Legend of the Swordsman: Asia the Invincible”] before class. On reserve in Film and Video Library: FVLDV 5139-1
Prompt question: In “Swordsman 2,” do you think the main villain’s transgender identity is represented as part of her power? Is this a negative portrayal, a positive portrayal, or neither?

Question 2:
READ Helen Hok-Sze Leung, “Trans on Screen,” in Transgender China, ed. Chiang, Howard, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012: 183-198. Uploaded to TED.
Please summarize Leung’s argument. Why did she feel moved to write this piece? What other materials does she refer to (including her own)—what does she say about the “Swordsman 2” film that we watched? What do you think is the significance, if any, of the volume in which it was published (Transgender China)?

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