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This story presents three queer vignettes of urban life in postsocialist China. A young man drifts from one host household to another and sets up homoerotic desires in both places; a woman leaves her husband for another woman; a happy homosexual couple breaks apart because of an unsolicited affair. In these stories, the coming and going of queer sexualities are inconspicuous, nonchalant, and even detached. The imagery of the public toilet, an oft-used queer symbol in Cui’s writing, surfaces here again to provide a duly queer parody of the solemn.

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