"[Q]ueer consumerism has popularized itself as one of the coolest parts of Western globalization. By rechanneling expressions of seemingly non-normative desires only into commodity culture this form of queerness helps to serve rather than challenge the hegemonic hierarchies of sexualities." - Yau Ching, "Dreaming of Normal While Sleeping with Impossible: Introduction"
Within this globalized movement for sexual freedom/"homosexual liberation," not only do the political narratives of Westerners drown out/commandeer those of East Asians, but shape the frameworks within which they are able to operate. By producing homonormative media that is consumed by cishets worldwide, Westerners restrict and (re)structure the ways in which East Asians are able to approach their "audience(s)."
"HSBC Hong Kong unveils rainbow lions for LGBT solidarity." China Daily. Accessed February 24, 2017. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/
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.