In the introduction to the special issue, the guest editors examine the key issues in the current dialogue on Chinese politics and transnational queer formations. The editors explain the origins of the special volume in a transnational queer conference, emphasizing that the volume is not merely a scholarly reflection on the changing meanings of transnational Chinese queer politics, but the result of an effort to build such transnational connections. The scholars, activists, and artists in the volume come from a wide range of locations and backgrounds. Some are based in China; others are in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Taiwan. Some write in a more academic idiom, while others report directly from their experiences. The diverse answers they bring to the question of how transnationalism has transformed queer Chinese politics today indicate that both “Chineseness” and “queer” are highly contested, overdetermined, heterogeneous, and mobile terms. By showing how boundaries are crossed at all times, the contributors highlight the ways in which transnational queer Chinese politics might contribute to the decolonization of U.S.-dominated theory.

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