LGBT Night @genroncafé (Guest Speakers: Tagame Gengoroh, Christopher Lowy) The Transformation of Being "Out" 【LGBTナイト】田亀源五郎×クリス・ローウィー「変貌する<カミングアウト>」@tagagen @okoraserumethod



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[Event Outline]

 Though LGBT rights in the United States varies greatly by state, the rapid shift in public opinion favoring the expansion of these rights to the national level is an undeniable reality that has translated into policy change.

 Examples of such change include the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in 2010, the passing in the Senate of the first LGBT anti-discrimination laws in 2013, and the reality that currently 31 states allow same-sex marriage. Along with these changes has been a steady stream of high-profile individuals - politicians, actors, intellectuals, and athletes - coming out of the closet, as well as the highly publicized "It Gets Better Campaign."

 Another change is in the understanding of what it means "to come out": that is, "coming out" is normalizing, changing from something one must do to something one can or can't do, with the implication being that at some point "coming out" - and thus being "out" - will become obsolete.

 What effects have these changes had on the gay community in Japan? Internationally acclaimed manga artist Tagame Gengoroh can help answer that question: with the start of his new serialization in Monthly Action, "My Younger Brother's Husband" (Otōto no otto), Tagame for the first time addresses a straight audience.

 Problematizing the issue of same-sex marriage, Tagame confronts head-on the domestic reality of being gay in Japan in an ever-growing gay-friendly international community. With "My Younger Brother's Husband," Tagame, who has done much to preserve the history of gay art in Japan (see his two-volume Gay Erotic Art in Japan), seems to be distancing himself from the "membership" (kaiin) culture associated with earlier generations of gays. But in a country where so few people in the public sphere are "out," how can Japan's gay community begin to cope with international standards and expectations for openness (which is so often determined by what happens in the public sphere) when domestic circumstances are not favorable to it and, for many in the gay community, coming out is viewed as more troublesome than it is worth?

 Join us for a bilingual discussion with Tagame Gengoroh about manga, outness, and where Japan's gay community is headed! (Christopher Lowy)

[Speaker Introduction]

Gengoroh Tagame (b. 1964)

Manga creator, gay erotic artist.

After graduating from Tama Art University, Tagame worked as a art director while releasing manga, illustrations, written stories and more in the gay magazine Sabu.

He became a full-time artist in 1994, and assisted in the planning and creation of the gay magazine G-men, which he helped edit and plan while also releasing titles (until 2006). He simultaneously released works for gay magazines such as Badi and Barazoku, boys love magazines, ladies comics magazines, and more. His all-ages manga Otouto no Otto began serialization in the September 2014 issue of the Gekkan Action magazine.

The author of many collected manga volumes, his major works include Naburi-mono, Shirogane no hana, PRIDE, Kimi yo shiru ya minami no Goku, Gedo no ie, and Virtus. His latest published volume is Endless Game.

His works have also been translated and published in English, French, Spanish, and Italian. His body of work also includes the two volume Gay Erotic Art in Japan monograph.

Exhibitions of his art have primarily been conducted outside of Japan, including shows in Paris, New York, Berlin, and Bologna, and he has provided works for a variety of exhibitions in New York, Barcelona, Sydney, and elsewhere. Most recently, he plans to exhibit a piece in a November 2014 exhibition in the Pinacothèque de Paris.

Christopher Lowy

PhD student in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington, specializing in contemporary Japanese literature and criticism. His publications include "Japanese 2.0: On Communication in a Hyperflat Japanese Language" (Genron Etc. #5), "The Architecture of Written Japanese: The Architextuality of Written Language" (Symphoniker Vol.1), as well as numerous translations.

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「同性婚」の問題を社会に提起しつつ、田亀氏は、国際コミュニティでゲイ・フレンドリー化が広まっていくなか、日本においてゲイであることのリアリティを正面から突きつけています。『日本のゲイ・エロティック・アート』(ポット出版 )上下2巻本の出版など、日本のゲイ・アートの歴史を守るために力を尽くしてきた田亀氏ですが、今度の新作『弟の夫』では、少し前の日本に特徴的な「会員制的=閉鎖的」なゲイ・コミュニティと距離を取ろうとしているようにも見えます。















クリス・ローウィー(Christopher Lowy)

1986年生まれ。アメリカのフロリダ州マイアミ市出身。現在、ワシントン大学大学院東アジア言語文学部博士課程コースに在学中。専攻は日本の現代文学と思想。主な論文に「日本[語]2,0:超平面化した日本語でのコミュニケーションについて」『ゲンロンエトセトラ#4』、「日本語のアーキテクチャ:書き言葉の構築テクスト性をめぐって」『シンフォニカ Vol.1』など。「草木の生起する国――京都」『日本2.0 思想地図β vol.3』を始め、翻訳も多数。


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Fri Dec 12, 2014
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