Book Panel on The Politics of Love in Myanmar: LGBT Mobilization and Human Rights as a Way of Life
Room 920, Level 9
Melbourne Law School
The Politics of Love in Myanmar offers an intimate ethnographic account of a group of LGBT activists before, during, and after Myanmar's post-2011 political transition. Lynette J. Chua explores how these activists devoted themselves to, and fell in love with, the practice of human rights and how they were able to empower queer Burmese to accept themselves, gain social belonging, and reform discriminatory legislation and law enforcement. Informed by interviews with activists from all walks of life—city dwellers, villagers, political dissidents, children of military families, wage laborers, shopkeepers, beauticians, spirit mediums, lawyers, students—Chua details the vivid particulars of the LGBT activist experience founding a movement first among exiles and migrants and then in Myanmar's cities, towns, and countryside. A distinct political and emotional culture of activism took shape, fusing shared emotions and cultural bearings with legal and political ideas about human rights. For this network of activists, human rights moved hearts and minds and crafted a transformative web of friendship, fellowship, and affection among queer Burmese. Chua's investigation provides crucial insights into the intersection of emotions and interpersonal relationships with law, rights, and social movements.
Associate Professor Lynette Chua, Associate Professor of Law
Associate Professor Lynette Chua
Associate Professor of Law
National University of Singapore
Lynette J. Chua is Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore and a sociolegal scholar whose research focuses on rights, social change, and social movements. In addition to The Politics of Love in Myanmar: LGBT Mobilization and Human Rights as A Way of Life (Stanford University Press, forthcoming), she is the author of Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State (Temple University Press, 2014), which was awarded the American Sociological Association's Sociology of Law Section 2015 Distinguished Book Prize.