This article examines transgender practices in Southwest China through the analytic lens of assemblage. Through ethnographically contextualizing transgender sex workers' daily navigation of the rapidly shifting urban space in Kunming, this article reconceptualizes transgender as constitutive to the dynamic urban assemblage instead of carving out a space and time external to it. It argues that the critical lens of assemblage in the analysis of transgender practice reveals the constitutive queerness of the norm, troubling the political and analytic tenet of antinormativity in queer studies.

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