Introduction: Toward a Queer Sinofuturism

Ari Heinrich, Howard Chiang, Ta-Wei Chi

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    This special issue on "Queer Sinofuturisms" aims to explore how artists and writers working across various media in Sinophone contexts use science to envision - and indeed to fabulate - non-normative gender and erotic expressions in relation to the corporeal future of humanity. By investigating visions of the future that incorporate queerness and creative applications of computer and biotechnology, "Queer Sinofuturisms" aims to counter pervasive techno-Orientalist discourses, such as those discourses in the Blade Runner movies (Ridley Scott, 1982; and Denis Villeneuve, 2017) that frame "Asian" futures as strictly dystopian - and heteronormative by default. What happens, this issue of Screen Bodies asks, if we simultaneously destabilize techno-Orientalist narratives of the future while queering assumptions about the heteronormativity so often inscribed upon that future in mainstream iterations and embodiments? What kinds of fabulous fabulations might emerge?
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)38-45
    JournalScreen Bodies
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


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