Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 217–226 | Cite as

Lesbianism in China

  • Fang Fu Ruan
  • Vern L. Bullough


Lesbianism in China has a long but usually hidden history. This paper examines the historical and literary sources of the past to illustrate the history of lesbianism and then turns to a survey of lesbianism in the China of today. As in the past, lesbianism remains more or less hidden, and comes to light only occasionally. Data for contemporary China comes from a visit to an institution for delinquent young women, recent police records, and contemporary fiction. It has only been in the past 4 or 5 years that it was possible to talk about lesbianism and most lesbians are fearful of becoming identified.

Key words

lesbianism China history contemporary 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fang Fu Ruan
    • 1
  • Vern L. Bullough
    • 2
  1. 1.Academy of Chinese Culture and Health SciencesOaklandUSA
  2. 2.History DepartmentState University of New York CollegeBuffaloUSA

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