TransgenderASIA

TransgenderASIA

                                            2005-11-21

Welcome to the Transgender ASIA Research Centre. The Centre seeks to bring together psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, as well as medical and legal experts who share a desire to better understand the phenomenon of transgender, as well as the circumstances in which transgenders live, in Asia.  This website aims to promote and disseminate research and understanding of, as well as contributing towards efforts to effect social change in regard to, transgender in Asia. 

                                                         Site inception date: 2nd May 2002

  TransgenderASIA

  Welcome to the Transgender ASIA Research Centre. The Centre seeks to bring together psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, as well as medical and legal experts who share a desire to better understand the phenomenon of transgender, as well as the circumstances in which transgenders live, in Asia.  This website aims to promote and disseminate research and understanding of, as well as contributing towards efforts to effect social change in regard to, transgender in Asia. 

A definition of transgender (TG)

Transgender ASIA defines transgenders as those males or females of any age who are unhappy living in the gender identity ascribed to them at birth. They have perhaps  assumed a full-time alternative gender identity. Alternatively they intend to do so, or would do so if circumstances allowed.  The essential feature here is identity; the sense, for example, of being born male but feeling female (or indeed a member of a third gender). Sexual preference is irrelevant. Used in this way the term transgender is broadly synonymous with transsexuality. Others might use the phrase Gender Identity Disorder.  

But TransgenderASIA shares the view that transgender is simply one aspect of human diversity. It is a difference not a disorder.  Transgendered people are no more mad than they are bad or sad. While transgendered people, like everyone else, may suffer problems of adjustment, those suffered by transgendered people most commonly arise out of the intolerance of those around them to their transgender. If we can speak of any gender identity disorder at all, it is in the inability of many societies to accept the particular gender identity difference we call transgender. 

Why a need to study Asian transgender?

Research in transgender is mostly Western. The situation in psychology illustrates this point well. Of 235 key publications on transgender in the period 1992 to 2002 around 41% were European and 48% were North American, a total of 89% from two parts of the world that account for only 20% of its population. Only seven per cent were from Asia.(search details)

In many of the 46 countries across the continent we find that transgender is an aspect of modern society; in some a very open and vibrant aspect, in others less so. We suggest that Asian transgenders probably comprise both a majority within the world at large, as well as a markedly under-researched group.    

Asia embraces a wide variety of ethnic groups, religions, cultures, as well as social, legal and economic circumstances in which the practising transgender must live. As a result, we cannot assume that research done in the developed societies of North America, Europe and Australia can inevitably enhance our understanding of transgender in Asia. 

In many Asian societies transgenders face more prejudice and discrimination, suffer greater intolerance and hardship, and have to endure more frequent and fundamental affronts to dignity and human rights, than do their peers in the developed world.

For all these reasons, there is a great need for more research into, understanding of and social action for transgender in Asia. Transgender ASIA aims to facilitate all three.

We invite you to make contact to enquire about the Centre or to ask to join  our mailing list to receive prompt information on updates through your e mail. 

Most recent updates

21/11/05 Links to two articles : Beauty therapy for Indian eunuchs. Aruvani –  a day in the sun. Links to other articles.

9/11/05. New bibliography items

5/10/05 New link HIV Victim Beaten As Police Taunt Gays In Nepal. Disturbing news item reporting apparent abuse in Nepal. GAHUM Philippines.  A Cebu-based organisation

29/9/05 New links – the personal websites for Rosie (Myanmar) and Nungning (Thailand)

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Disclaimer: We make efforts to avoid linking to any sites carrying material that might, for any reason,  be considered offensive. However, the nature of websites is that they can be very extensive and can change on a daily basis. We cannot therefore be held responsible for any links that turn out to lead to offensive material. In the event that such material is found please inform us so that we can examine whether we need to take the link down. 

Centre staff

Associate members

Research Degree Opportunities in Asia.

 

Research grant

Transgender Rights (to RED (Respect, Equality and Dignity)). ‘RED’ Scores  for various countries in Asia and elsewhere

Country reports on transgender in Asia:    

 

Book reviews

 

Research and discussion papers on transgender:    

 

Current Research:

 

Miscellaneous materials:    

 

Some surgeons working with transgenders in Asia. (compiled by F.W.Kim)

Bibliography of Asian transgender (and transgender-related) studies (compiled by Sam Winter)

Directory of researchers, educators and activists  in gender identity and transgender in Asia (compiled by Sam Winter)

Personal accounts of transgenders in Asia:   (Please note; for other accounts see some of the personal websites to which you can link via our Links page) 

 

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E-mail Sam Winter

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