This introductory chapter defines the three central concepts of this volume—gender, globalization, Asia/Pacific—and likewise discusses the central themes of this book. It charts out an energetic and changing set of relationships among these three particular areas. Each concept both causes and is affected by changes in the others. Thus, “globalization” here refers to the increasing scope, scale, and speed of movement of “stuff” around the world. “Gender” and “sexuality” do their work here as productive, performative, mind/body intersections, always located in bodies that are simultaneously raced, classed, and in other ways located in space and discourse. “Asia/Pacific” is shorthand for the book's geographic setting of inquiry and for the cultural imaginaries at work here.
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