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Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2011

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Michael Lestz

Second Advisor

Beth Notar


This is a multi-media project composed of a research paper and short film on an emerging new identity of affluent urban Chinese men. The research paper begins with a brief background on socially accepted cultural phenomenon of pederasty and same-sex relations in dynastic China. These practices are removed and medicalized in late pre-modern China. The high-culture role of family in relation to the individual and the nation is largely due to continued loyalty toward Confucian doctrines. The struggle of urban gay men against these socio-historical factors is offset with the availability of the internet, digital resources and a digital community emerging into the physical domain.
The short film I created titled Tongzhi Today, Tomorrow focuses on an interview with Ben Zhang and his growing up, coming out and life hopes as a gay man in Beijing. The film is interlaced with clips of Drag On! the charity event hosted by Gayographic to raise money for the Beijing LGBT Center.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Available to the campus community only.