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A few weeks ago I participated in a one-day “retreat” in Nagoya, Japan (click me to view the powerpoint) where I met a recent MA grad whose thesis examines the very topic of my dissertation. Mr. Moore and I were excited to share our ideas and I’ve since had the pleasure of reading his research. His conclusions support my hypotheses and reflect my concern about queer representation in the English classroom. More importantly, I see Moore’s work as a kind of pathway into an immense wilderness, and my task is to continue the path , broaden it, and take it in a new direction.

As I sat on the bus to the Seoul airport this morning I considered specific speech acts such as the “coming out proclamation”, acts of identification (such as “I am this or that”), and the significance of words, revelation, and self-acceptance. This led me to wonder if perhaps I have heard the call to focus yet even more succinctly, for example: Discovering Voices, Discovering Selves: Queer desire, English language and acts of identification in Japan. Do I want to focus on acts of revelation and discuss the semiotic significance of doing so in a second language? Hmmm.

And still there is a strong voice within me that suggests an entire world will be revealed after I collect data from participants. This world will help me continue the path…

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Matt is a young Korean, mid twenties, who lives with his family, goes to school three days a week and works part time as a writer for a cable TV channel writing film summaries. He is college bound, loves his parents and sister who all share their modest home. His plans include graduate studies in New York or California. As a prototype of Korean youth, he is intelligent, educated, a devoted son, wastes little time in excess or frivolity and is articulate in English. He is ready for the future.

Except for one major difference: his intention of studying in the USA is equally, if not more, motivated by his need to breathe vitality into his emotional life as a gay man.

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