PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 September, 2012, 12:26pm
Ethics Sex and Desire in Hong Kong by Petula Sik Ying Ho and A. Ka Tat Tsang HKU Press 4 stars Hannah Hodson
Sex and Desire in Hong Kong – by Petula Sik Ying Ho and A. Ka Tat Tsang (HKU Press)
Subjects many of us are familiar with but dare not speak about are challenged in this refreshingly candid anthology. Petula Ho Sik-ying, a professor at the University of Hong Kong, and A. Tsang Ka-tat, a professor at the University of Toronto, have compiled 15 years of community-based sexual research, giving a deeper understanding of these taboo subjects.
Split into five sections, we are provided with an insight into: Discourse, The Body, Identity, Relationships and Desire. Each section gives a rare glimpse into the intimate lives of those who took part in the studies, which are then analysed and supported with academic and scientific research.
When looking at discourse, the conflict of everyday language versus academic and professional language is taken into account.