Bright Lights, Big Dreams: Global Gayness and Privilege in Manila

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James Welker


A review of Bobby Benedicto, Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene (University of Minnesota Press, 2014).

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James Welker, Kanagawa University

James Welker is an associate professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies at Kanagawa University, Japan. His research focuses on gender and sexuality within women and girls’ culture in late twentieth century Japan—with an emphasis on the ūman ribu (women’s liberation) movement, the lesbian community, and the queer shōjo manga (girls’ comics) sphere.