Sex News in Asia – 10/31/11
- Commonwealth countries will be urged to repeal anti-gay laws, which are still on the books in 41 of 54 Commonwealth member countries, at a leaders’ summit to be held in Perth, Australia.
- Girls’ Generation and the New Korean Wave. In a research paper by Ahn Shin-Hyun for the Samsung Economic Research Institute, the focus is Girls’ Generation, a group of nine young women who are in large part responsible for spreading demand for K-pop, as it is known, beyond Japan and Southeast Asia to include North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
- Foreign brides on the rise across Asia. For instance, in Korea foreign brides accounted for 8 percent of all marriages in 2007 compared with fewer than 1 percent prior to 1994 while for Japan the percentage has risen from 2 percent to 5 percent over a roughly similar period. In Taiwan the number is 22 percent and Hong Kong 39 percent (mostly from mainland China) and Singapore up to 40 percent – though the latter number partly reflects the very large foreign resident population in the city state.
- Middle-aged Vietnamese women have replaced their Chinese counterparts in offering sex to elderly men and retirees along Chinatown.
- Singapore is still waiting for the Court of Appeal to rule on a constitutional challenge to the gay sex law. Fridae looks at the personalities behind the case.
- Singapore’s medical tourism industry, widely known for its forte in cosmetic surgery and high-class health examinations, drew over 410,000 medical tourists annually.
- In the run-up to the Singapore Writers Festival, Fridae is interviewing some of the openly queer writers who’ll be featured in the program. This week, we profile Singaporean web diva Pat Law.
- Yahoo Singapore interviews me.
- Malaysia’s only sexuality rights festival is back for its fourth edition with its theme “ Queer Without Fear “ to “highlight how homophobia and transphobia have negatively affected and continues to affect the lives of untold numbers of Malaysians who are discriminated against and persecuted because of their sexual orientations and gender identities.”
- There was no bended knee or engagement ring. Instead, one man took out a “job advertisement” to ensure he lands the object of his affection of eight years.
- Dubbed as the country’s first certified female sex therapist, Zoya highlights the importance of women showing initiative in their sex lives as initial step to their own empowerment.
- An Australian male teacher charged with raping three former pupils has been extradited to Indonesia where he faces a 15-year jail term if convicted.
- More than 200 Indian girls whose names mean “unwanted” in Hindi have chosen new names for a fresh start in life. A central Indian district held a renaming ceremony Saturday that it hopes will give the girls new dignity and help fight widespread gender discrimination that gives India a skewed gender ratio, with far more boys than girls. Another report is here.
- As Shanghai’s week-long pride festival kicked off over the weekend, the festival website with details of the events “ shanghaipride.com “ has been effectively blocked by a firewall.
- Jennifer Chang, one-half of a lesbian couple who left their San Francisco home in June to travel the world for a year in search of “Supergays who are creating change for the LGBTQ community, shares her experiences about managing her mother and negotiating coming out to her extended family in Taipei.
- China’s one-child policy has prevented almost half a billion births but has turned into a demographic time bomb as the population ages, storing up huge economic and social problems for the country.
- Hong Kong mothers march against mainland babies. More than 1000 protesters, including pregnant mothers, marched in Hong Kong Sunday opposing the growing number of mainland Chinese women coming to the city to give birth, organisers said.
Disclaimer: Some of these media reports may portray sex and sexuality in a negative light. I am merely re-reporting them and may not always agree with the reports or opinions expressed.