ANTRA – Round 1 2023 Grant Recipient

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LInc Recipient Spotlight

Australia & New Zealand Tongzhi Rainbow Alliance Inc. (ANTRA)

Received a grant from LInc for “La La” Reimagined”: A Public Interactive Caucus on LBQ Women in Chinese History and Literature.

ANTRA – is Australia’s leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Chinese Diaspora.

The term “La-La” is a widely used colloquialism in Mandarin, referring to same-sex attracted women. This project aims to promote community awareness of LBQ (Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer) women in traditional Chinese culture, history, and literature. The project involves an in-person public caucus conducted in Mandarin by Dr Alison Guo, Vice President (Research & Development) of ANTRA, a PhD graduate in Education from Western Sydney University, and Ms Yimin Xu, Research & Development Manager of ANTRA, a PhD student of Chinese Studies at UNSW Sydney.

The main objective of the project is to challenge the common belief that queerness is incompatible with Chinese traditions and culture. The project also seeks to showcase the rich queer history, culture, and literature of the Chinese-speaking world, highlighting the intersectionality of queer and Chinese identities. Through the community-led caucus and peer support resource, the project aims to provide LBQ members with an inclusive platform to explore and embrace their intersectional identities.