Sexualities in Contemporary Southeast Asia

The dialectics between the prevailing neoliberal system in Southeast Asia and the intricate lives of sexual minorities are posing discursive challenges to global political thought. While Western theorists, in the likes of Judith Butler, are calling for Queer theory to be recast “at a critical distance from the neoliberal celebration and normalisation of difference” (2011), scholars and activists working in the Global South in general and Southeast Asia in particular are reviewing their strategic responses to these pertinent issues that has and will come to trouble Queer Southeast Asian communities now and in the near future.
Precisely because the appeal of advanced technological and transnational migration has remained virile especially for a developing Southeast Asia, queer subjects have been subsumed under a heteronormative economics without knowledge of their precariousness as individuals or as a marginalised collective. From the gay heterotopias of Malaysia and Indochina to the new world-making of Fiilipino and Indonesian queer artists and web-users, the identitarian administration of the state and her people has revealed non-exclusionary forms of governmentality.