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27 November 2014

Coalition Building in the Early Gay Liberation Movement: The Hong Kong Connection Before & After the First Lesbian & Gay March on Washington in 1979

Mr. Daniel C. Tsang
University of California

Date: 27 November 2014 (Thursday)
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Room 813, Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

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This talk is co-organised by Department of Sociology and American Studies Programme, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

The speaker will address the radical roots of gay liberation organizing and coalition building in the United States that culminated in the October 1979 Lesbian & Gay March on Washington, where he helped organize a gay Asian contingent. He will talk about how activism in the United States and Canada impacted the early underpinnings of gay liberation in Hong Kong. He also details the activities and writings of Sam Ng Siu-ming, from Hong Kong, who actually visited the White House as part of a delegation of gay people of color in 1979, and founded Pink Triangle Press in Hong Kong on his return. Ng was also the key individual to introduce early German gay liberationist Magnus Hirschfeld to Hong Kong readers. Tsang ends his talk by comparing the early gay liberation struggles with the activities of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement.

Daniel C. Tsang is Distinguished Librarian at the University of California, Irvine, Libraries, where he selects materials in Asian American Studies, Politics and Economics. He also is the Data Librarian there and received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from ICPSR, the social science data archive at the University of Michigan. He has written for the alternative and mainstream media, including the Far Eastern Economic Review, as well as for scholarly publications. He served as a Fulbright Scholar doing research in Vietnam in 2004. He hosts a radio show turned podcast, Subversity, and blogs at He did his graduate work at the University of Michigan. Born in Hong Kong he identifies as a Hong Konger.



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