In her introduction to As Normal As Possible, Yau Ching remarks on a confluence of a myriad social, political, and economic factors – the glocalization of "international LGBT rights," a reclamation/reimagining of Chinese identity post-1997 (or, perhaps more aptly, Hong Kongese identity), a proliferation of religious and governmental institutions (e.g., megachurches and bureaucracy), and neo-liberalism. Her description is reminiscent of Samshasha's negotiation of the "4Cs" (Colonialism, Christianity, Communism and Confucianism). To illustrate this point in the current political moment – one may refer to these HKFP articles: "HSBC’s rainbow lions: Can we have our homophobia back please?" (Vittachi) and "Christian leaders touch on Hong Kong’s political turmoil in annual Christmas messages" (Chu, *and the commenters especially). These issues are so intertwined it is as if they have turned into monoliths.
Perhaps it is both a blessing and a curse that the politicization of sexuality/the invention of sexual civil rights is relatively nascent in East Asia. Spurred by Western occupation and atrocity (the imposition of its sexual mores via sociopolitical regulation), East Asian sexual minorities have been forced to engage a tactful cognizance of their own agenda – given the complexities and crossroads at which they find themselves. "Owing" one's liberatory consciousness to a colonizer culture that conjured or perhaps simply exacerbated existing "sexual persecution" (and in some ways continues to do so) is a paradoxical conundrum. By the same token, the "newness" of this movement means the foundations laid now form a potent political legacy that, unlike the West, will provide a roadmap to (in)effective strategy – meaning future generations of activists will not be left to grope around for new frameworks. Conversely, we ought not necessarily resent Western homonormativity for its objectives; rather, we must be critical of its execution in order to address issues of exclusion and to encourage self-awareness within the community.