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Lesbianism in the Chinese Silk Industry.

17030. Lesbianism in the Chinese Silk Industry.

Although Chinese lesbianism is an overlooked topic in literary and historical texts, there is some evidence to support the view that lesbianism existed among silk workers in the Kwangtung (or Quangdon) region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This paper discusses marriage resistance, hairdressing ceremonies, sisterhood vows, and the factors that presumably contributed to lesbianism. References are made to historical document, the views of women historians, and descriptions in the novel “Women of the Silk” by Gail Tsukiyama. Keywords: lesbians silk workers Chinese history. 11 pages; 36 footnotes; 10 bibliographic sources.

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