Leslie and Anita
As I have paid tribute to the founding father of cantopop Leslie Cheung (Gor Gor), it’s only fitting for me to do the same for the mother of cantopop Anita Mui Yim Fong (Mui Jie, literally Big Sister Mui. Yes we like to call our stars sisters and brothers. Deal with it.) When I was a little kid, I would dim the light, put on her song “將冰山劈開” (“Break open an iceberg“) and danced my socks off. The song is catchy, campy and lots of fun. Check it out!
To Call her a queer icon is a no-brainer. Touted as the Madonna a.k.a the Queen of Reinvention (or Lady Gaga for you young ones) of Asia, Mui Jie was also called a “ever changing” performer. She was a style icon in the 80s with her “bad girl” image. Continue reading
Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing (1956-2003)
As I was watching Happy Together for the thousandth time, it struck me that this month was the eighth anniversary of the untimely death of Leslie Cheung, nicknamed elder brother (pronounced “gor gor” in Cantonese). If Michael Jackson and James Dean had a love child who was Chinese, it would be the prolific singer/actor Leslie. As you may have already known, not only was he “one of the founding fathers of Cantopop,” he was also voted the most favorite actor in Chinese cinema.
Openly bisexual in the later half of his career, Gor Gor did not shy away from queer roles in films. His film roles were as iconic in Hong Kong film history as they were to the Hong Kong psyche since the 80s. His persona embodied both the masculine and the feminine.
Here is a list of my favorite roles of Gor Gor:
Ling Choi Sin–A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
As the clumsy and handsome scholar, he stole the heart of the gorgeous spirit played by Joey Wang (Yum!). Continue reading
If you have paid any attention to the news in the past couple of weeks, I am sure you have heard of the breast milk ice cream introduced by an ice cream parlor in London called The Icecreamists. That’s right. The milk pumped from a woman’s breasts is processed and flavored with vanilla and lemon zest. The end product is an ice cream aptly named Baby Gaga (which Lady Gaga is not exactly gaga about but more about that later).
First I’d like to talk about breast milk aka mother milk. Continue reading
On February 21st, 2011, the world shook as god of tween girls Justin Bieber changed his legendary, lesbian-esque hair-do, which apparently cost him 80,000 die-hard fans who signed off as his followers on his Twitter account. But the power of JB prevails as the locks of his golden hair were auctioned off for over $40,000 for charity. Benevolent? Yes. Creepy? You bet.
But I am not here to try to understand why anyone would want to collect the hair of a 17-year-old boy. Continue reading
There was a time when I had watched almost every lesbian film ever released to the public when I was still living in Hong Kong. And by lesbian film I mean its central plot line involves lesbians who are the primary characters in the film, and the major conflict revolves around them. So no Wild Things and Cruel Intentions, even though they feature some of the most popular lesbian moments in mainstream media, do not count.
I did watch them, along with many others with pseudo lesbian characters like Who’s the Woman, Who’s the Man and Swordsman III-The East Is Red from Hong Kong and Heavenly Creatures from New Zealand.
I just discovered this first film about queer women in Indonesia from a friend’s post on Facebook. According to a webpage, it’s “the first film about the world and experiences of queer women in Indonesia. In this interlace short films, nine female filmmakers show us about what it means to be a queer woman in the country with the world largest Muslim population.” The titular character Srikandi is a character in the Mahabharata, the classic Hindu epic, that is frequently used in Indonesian shadow puppet theater. In one version, Srikandi is the female warrior who becomes a man to marry a woman and bear kids by changing gender identity and sexual orientation. The legend reminds me of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. Continue reading
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Tagged Children of Srikandi, gender identity, Hindu, Indonesia, Indonesian Shadow Puppet Theater, Jakarta, John Badalu, Mahabharata, Muslim, Oji, Orlando, queer women, queerious, sexual orientation, transgender people, Virginia Woolf, Yogi
The big hair, shoulder pads, Duran Duran; the tip of the iceberg of a decade of excess that helped me fully embrace of all things culturally ‘pop.’ When my fellow bloggers asked ‘what made me ‘queerious?’ I couldn’t help looking back at that time that I coveted the look of Simon Le Bon and twirled my nights away, sneaking into gay bars in the Castro (does anyone even remember the Phoenix Bar on Castro St.?) .
Gay? Queer? Which Story is Which?
I was lucky to share my story of when I first knew I was gay in Randy
Barbato’s and Fenton Bailey’s documentary When I Knew, based on the
book by Robert Trachtenberg. Continue reading
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Tagged Annie Lennox, bloggers, Castro St., Disco Dottie, Disco Evita, Disneyland, Duran Duran, Evita Peron, Fame, Fenton Bailey, Flashdance, Jennifer Beals, Kabuki Theater, latchkey kid, queerious, queerosity, Randy Barbato, Robert Trachtenberg, San Francisco Chronicle, Simon Le Bon, Sisters Are Doin' For Themselves, Sweet Dreams, The Eurythmics, The Phoenix, When I Knew