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Second Mango cover art

Cover art for The Second Mango by Shira Glassman. The cover shows two mangos, one with a image of a green dragon on the skin.

After one heck of a hiatus, we’re back!

First: after some thought, I decided to change the name of our book club to “Beyond Binaries Book Club” instead of “NonBinary Book Club.” Continue Reading »

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In this Gender Reader: reporting sexual assault in Japan; anti-chikan pins; capturing LGBTQI lives in photography; Japanese actresses discuss white-washing in Ghost in the Shell, and more:

anti groping pin

“Matsunaga crowdsourced designs for badges intended to deter men from groping schoolgirls” [Shiori Ito/Al Jazeera]

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Screenshot of Viktor hugging Yuuri before a performance, saying “I love pork cutlet bowls.”

Or, why Yuri!!! on Ice hops off the relationship escalator, disrupts homonormativity, and I CLOSE MY EYES AND TELL MYSELF THAT MY DREAMS WILL COME TRUE

Mild spoilers throughout, major spoiler at end.
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After a long hiatus, Japan Gender Reader is back! We’ve got queer stats, queer ice skaters, Yayoi Kusama’s art coming to the US, and more:

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The installation, “Infinity Mirrored Room — Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden . (Photo by Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

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The bimonthly Gender Reader will be back eventually, but for now, a slightly different reader focusing on the upcoming anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which gave the US military the authority to forcibly relocate more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. In this reader: Allegiance the musical is having an encore; Japanese Americans speak out against the “Muslim registry”; fighting revisionist history; a new book about Fred Korematsu; and more.

According to a comment on the Densho Facebook page, this is Kyoko Shima, who was incarcerated in the Rohwer Camp. Her sign reads “Locked up by U.S. Prez 1942-1946 / Never Again!”

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Head over to Contemporary Japanese Literature for my review of Hayao Miyazaki’s manga Shuna no Tabi, the predecessor for Nausicaa and Princess Mononoke. 

(And remember, my dears–“I’d rather be a pig than a Fascist.”)

Title: シュナの旅 (Shuna no tabi) English Title: The Journey of Shuna Author: Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎 駿) Publication Year: 1983 Publisher: Animage Bunko Pages: 149 This guest review is written by L.M. Zoller (@odorunara on Twitter). Shuna no tabi (The Journey of Shuna) is a short watercolor manga by Studio Ghibli director Miyazaki Hayao. Shuna is […]

via Shuna no tabi (The Journey of Shuna) — Contemporary Japanese Literature

Tired of reading “queer” Christmas lists of media that is either 1. produced by straight “gay icons,” 2. Says queer, means “gay cis men” instead of LGBTQ, 3. Has nothing to do with being queer?

Supporting queer artists is more important now than ever, as is self care. Here are few queer, winter/holiday-themed media to enjoy this holiday season. I’m most familiar with trying to get through Christmas (and criticizing the conspicuous consumption and white middle-class Christian hypocrisy thereof) because I grew up in a culturally Christian community, so I welcome suggestions for queer winter media from other faiths, as well as New-Year’s-themed queer media.

Be kind to yourselves.

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