This month, join us on East Asia for All for a lively round of the Taiwanese board Game "Home Play" (Chinese: 扮家家遊). "Home Play" is an educational board game created by the Taiwan Gender Equity Education Association in 2012. Designed to jumpstart conversations about non-traditional families, "Home Play" is not only part of a board game trend that is taking Taiwan by storm, it is reflective of larger shifts Taiwanese society and politics in attitudes towards the LGBTQ community.
In May 2017, the Taiwanese Constitutional Court ruled that laws banning same-sex marriage were unconstitutional and that the government had two years to legalize it. Although same-sex partnerships are recognized in some areas of Japan, Taiwan is the first country in East Asia to steps towards legalizing same-sex marriage nationally.
Listen in as we explore "Home Play," same-sex marriage in Taiwan, and important figures in the Taiwanese queer movement, like Qiu Maojin. We would also like to extend our thanks to Dr. Chia-rong Wu, who kindly sent us a thoughtful response to a listener's questions from our previous episode on Warriors of the Rainbow. Tune in for Dr. Wu's thoughts on violence, representation, and Taiwanese aboriginal voices.
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