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Article: Assessing the Tongzhi Label: Self-Identification and Public Opinion

TitleAssessing the Tongzhi Label: Self-Identification and Public Opinion
Authors
Issue Date2017
PublisherTaylor & Francis. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.haworthpress.com/web/JH
Citation
Journal of Homosexuality, 2017, v. 64 n. 4, p. 509-522 How to Cite?
AbstractTongzhi is one of several Chinese terms that refer to individuals who are attracted to the same sex. Using data from two different surveys in Hong Kong, this research note examines how the term tongzhi coexists with other terms. We investigate the prevalence of self-identification as tongzhi, and we explore the extent to which using the term tongzhi influences public attitudes toward gay people and gay rights. Activists began popularizing the term tongzhi in the late 1980s, but less than one third of the participants in our 2008 survey of sexual orientation minorities (n = 728) described themselves as tongzhi. Using a split-ballot experiment in a 2013 public opinion poll (n = 831), we found that attitudes toward gay people and gay rights were not significantly impacted by whether questions were phrased in terms of tongzhi or the main alternative term tongxinglianzhe. We discuss how our findings can enrich understandings of earlier research and illuminate avenues for future study.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/234617
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dc.contributor.authorLau, H-
dc.contributor.authorYeung, G-
dc.contributor.authorStotzer, R-
dc.contributor.authorLau, CQ-
dc.contributor.authorLoper, KA-
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-14T13:48:04Z-
dc.date.available2016-10-14T13:48:04Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Homosexuality, 2017, v. 64 n. 4, p. 509-522-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/234617-
dc.description.abstractTongzhi is one of several Chinese terms that refer to individuals who are attracted to the same sex. Using data from two different surveys in Hong Kong, this research note examines how the term tongzhi coexists with other terms. We investigate the prevalence of self-identification as tongzhi, and we explore the extent to which using the term tongzhi influences public attitudes toward gay people and gay rights. Activists began popularizing the term tongzhi in the late 1980s, but less than one third of the participants in our 2008 survey of sexual orientation minorities (n = 728) described themselves as tongzhi. Using a split-ballot experiment in a 2013 public opinion poll (n = 831), we found that attitudes toward gay people and gay rights were not significantly impacted by whether questions were phrased in terms of tongzhi or the main alternative term tongxinglianzhe. We discuss how our findings can enrich understandings of earlier research and illuminate avenues for future study.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.haworthpress.com/web/JH-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Homosexuality-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.titleAssessing the Tongzhi Label: Self-Identification and Public Opinion-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLoper, KA: kloper@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLoper, KA=rp01267-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/00918369.2016.1191241-
dc.identifier.hkuros269486-
dc.identifier.volume64-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spage509-
dc.identifier.epage522-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000395086500005-

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