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      Queer(N)Asian Im/Migrants’ Connectedness: An Inter-Contextual Decolonial Reading of Wong Kar-Wai's Happy Together

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            This article addresses the dilemmas and complex consequences of queer-sojourners as the locus where sexual, bodily, and colonial discourses transect each other in an inter-contextual movement. Queer(N)Asian im/migrants move through the interplay of identity negotiations entailing personal/societal histories, culture, gender-role expectations, and bodily demarcations. The film Happy Together constitutes a source for the analysis. The article explores first the condition of in-betweenness of the stories of its characters by shedding light on the realm of sexuality and colonialism in the everyday lives of Queer(N)Asian im/migrants. It then focuses on the inter-contextual tone of the film Happy Together through consideration of colonial traces affecting the lives of im/migrants.

            Keywords: Queer(N)Asian Im/migrants, Everyday life, Decolonial studies, Queer migrations, Intercontextuality, Queer studies..

            Este artículo aborda los dilemas y las complejas consecuencias de viajeros-queer como locus donde discursos sexuales, corporales, y coloniales se interceptan en movimiento inter-contextual. Los im/migrantes Queer(Y)Asiáticos se desplazan en la interacción de negociaciones identitarias envolviendo historias personales/sociales, cultura, expectativas género, y demarcaciones corporales. La película Happy Together constituye la fuente para este análisis. El artículo explora la condición de interludio de las historias de sus personajes para arrojar luz sobre el ámbito de la sexualidad y el colonialismo en la vida cotidiana de im/migrantes Queer(Y)Asiáticos. Luego, se centra en el tono inter-contextual de dicha película través de la consideración de huellas coloniales que afectan a la vida de im/migrantes.

            Palabras claves: In/migrantes Queer(Y)Asiáticos, Vida cotidiana, Estudios decoloniales, Migraciones queer, Intercontextualidad, Estudios queer.

            Este artigo aborda os dilemas e as complexas consequěncias de viajantes-queer como locus onde discursos sexuais, corporais e coloniais se interceptam em movimento intercontextual. Os im/migrantes Queer(Y)Asiáticos se deslocam na interação de negociações identitárias envolvendo histórias pessoais/sociais, cultura, expectativas de gěnero e demarcações corporais. O filme Happy Together é uma fonte de análise. O artigo explora a condição de interlúdio das histórias de seus personagens para lançar luz sobre o campo da sexualidade e do colonialismo na vida cotidiana de im/migrantes Queer (Y) Asiáticos. Em seguida, se concentra no tom intercontextual do filme através da consideração de traços coloniais que afetam a vida de im/migrantes.

            Palavras-chave: Imigrantes Queer(e)Asiáticos, Vida cotidiana, Estudos descoloniais, Migraçãoes queer, Intercontextualidade, Estudos queer.


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