Homework Kit.

Please submit your answers on Blackboard/TED before class. This is a TurnItIn assignment and we WILL check for originality. There is no upper limit to how many words you write, however you must write a minimum of 500 words total. Answer every question the best you can. Your total wordcount must be at least 500 words for the questions all together, but you may submit more. Please do not plagiarize, copy material from the internet, or copy another student’s work. Please read each assignment, and then write the journal notes in your own words。

Citation requirement

Since we are having the reading journal as our weekly assignment, it is really important for you to have the proper in-text citations. When you refer to one of the readings, you have to put the last name of the author and the page number in parentheses, especially if the name of the author does not appear in the sentence itself, as in this example sentence from Purdue writing hub at



1. Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263).

But if you are quoting the cited text verbatim, please put it in quotation marks. That would look like this example:

2. Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (263).

3. Romantic poetry is characterized by the “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” (Wordsworth 263).

Please make sure to quote the readings, directly or indirectly, in your responses, and to use the above basic format to indicate sources.

Homework #2:

  • READ Kang, Wenqing. “Male Same-Sex Relations in Modern China: Language, Media Representation, and Law, 1900-1949,” in positions: east asia cultures critique, 2010, vol. 18, no. 2, special issue on “Beyond the Strai(gh)ts: Transnationalism and Queer Chinese Politics,” ed. Liu, Petrus and Lisa Rofel: 489-510.
  • READ Rofel, Lisa. “Qualities of Desire: Imagining Gay Identities,” in Desiring China: Experiments in Neoliberalism, Sexuality, and Public Culture. Chapel Hill: Duke University Press, 2007: 85-110. E-book through UCSD.
  • Read any one of the following and summarize it in your own words:

Answer the following questions:

In contrast to Martin, Kang suggests that early 20th-century Western psychological understandings of male homosexuality were adopted in China because they were “similar to the local understanding of male same-sex relations.” What did he mean? What are two examples that Kang discusses of existing ways of viewing male homosexuality that were negative (and therefore fit with Western pathologized notions of homosexuality)? Why was homosexuality excluded from certain categories of criminal sexual behavior, according to Kang?

Answer the following questions: Rofel asks why people assume that “a global gay identity exists.” What is her answer? What do you think? What does Rofel say about the concept of “face” with respect to “coming out” for gay men in China? What are the assumptions about homosexuality that visitors like non- Chinese activists bring to China from overseas sometimes bring?

5. “Farewell My Fantasy,” Sean Metzger. Journal of Homosexuality, 2008: https://doi.org/10.1300/J082v39n03_09