Chinese Characters

Richard Fung

1986, 20:30 minutes, colour, English with closed captions


Chinese Characters examines the ambiguous relationship between gay Asian men and white gay porn. Through fantasy voice overs, staged interviews and humourous re-enactments of scenes from Joe Gage porn classics, the tape forces viewers to question their own narrow definitions of what constitutes gay desire.

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Sex Advertised and Sex Displayed
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In His Own Image
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Making privateness public in stunning art
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Habits:Five Video Premieres
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