On the Edge Emerging Scholars
The Transwomen of Singapore and Bali and their Right to Live and Love
What does it mean to live a ‘disrupted’ life course? When circumstances and societies deny someone’s existence because of their gender and profession, by what means do people reconstruct their lives, reclaim their identities and sense of being, and gather the strength to survive their everyday hardships?
In Southeast Asia, considered as deviants by many, transgender women have been beaten until they bled, forced out of the family home, and continuously humiliated by the public. Many are living on the fringes of society, as evidenced by their high rates of participation in sex work. Through ethically sharing their lived experience from my fieldwork in summer of 2017, I hope that my research highlights their marginalized lives and denied existence to live and love.
Trigger Warning: This presentation may contain examples from real-life scenarios that some may find disturbing.
When: Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Program Room, Strathcona Library
About the Presenter:
Kevin Chavez Laxamana is Master’s student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta and a 2018 Fellow for the Chair in Transgender Studies and the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria. He is currently writing his thesis on the disrupted life cycles of Singaporean and Balinese transgender women sex workers by analyzing their diverse experiences, histories, and stories of transitioning and de-transitioning (in relation to hormone therapies and sexual reassignment surgeries, participation in beauty and/or sex work, religion, romantic and familial relationships, and concepts of national belonging). To learn more about his work, please visit his personal website: www.kevinlaxamana.com.