This project aims to understand how socially marginalised Thai gay men and transgenders draw on Buddhist healing traditions as alternative and complementary therapies in dealing with HIV/AIDS and other health emergencies. Through case studies undertaken in several culturally diverse Thai regions, this project expects to provide comparative insight into the intersections of religion and health in Asian societies suffering HIV epidemics and among Asian migrant communities in Australia. Expected outcomes include enhanced approaches to HIV education among vulnerable minority communities in Thailand and other Southeast Asian societies as well as among Asian gay men in Australia, whose recourse to alternative therapies is poorly understood.
- Australian Research Council (ARC): A$397,862.00
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