Beefy Asian Young Boys! And also: HIV in the Gay Scenes of Tokyo and also Taiwan


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  • Beefy Asian Young Boys! And also: HIV in the Gay Scenes of Tokyo and also Taiwan
  • Beefy Asian Young Boys! And also: HIV in the Gay Scenes of Tokyo and also Taiwan

    In the June issue of POZ, we highlighted a collection of LGBT-related publications for Satisfaction. One was Shinjuku Story Vol. 2, a digital photography publication by aesthetic musician Kaz Senju. The photos document Tokyo's Shinjuku Ni-chome neighborhood, which flaunts almost 350 gay and also lesbian bars, most of which are \"the dimension of a walk-in closet as well as seat just 4 to 10 people,\" according to Senju.

    Those photos left us wanting to know even more about Shinjuku as well as exactly how HIV matches the scene there, so we emailed the New york city City-- based musician, that has been taking a trip throughout Asia. You can discover more regarding his job at\u00a0bear-magazine.com and by following his Instagram @kazviju (we include a few of his blog posts and also pictures throughout the meeting below).

    An image from the primary edge of Shinjuku Ni-chome, the gay area of TokyoCourtesy of Kaz Senju

    My current digital photography project is called Beefy Oriental Young boys. I have actually been traveling around Asia-- Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh and also Shanghai. My versions represent the LGBTQ area, especially the fast-growing, gay Oriental bear areas.

    Throughout the book finalizing occasion for my previous image publication, Shinjuku Story, I got remarks that the gay scenes I recorded in Tokyo have several stocky men, which amazed the target market in the USA, which has the impression of Asian gay guys being skinnier or feminine. My new project is catching various parts of LGBTQ communities in Asian cities to change that stereotyping.

    Every gay as well as lesbian bar in Shinjuku has a box of cost-free prophylactics in the bathroom or at bench counters. This totally free prophylactic circulation is a part of the tasks by AKTA Recreation center in Shinjuku, Tokyo. They have lots of volunteers or \"shipment children\" who walk around Shinjuku, distributing complimentary condoms as well as details about complimentary and anonymous HIV screening. AKTA has belonged of the LGBTQ community in Tokyo for over 17 years, providing crucial assistance for HIV-positive individuals as well as various prevention programs.

    There are around 1,400 new instances of HIV reported in Japan each year, substantially smaller sized than the USA [which is about 39,000 a year] Over half of these brand-new HIV instances in Japan are among gay men, associating HIV with gay sex. [UNAIDS reports that 57% of HIV situations and 39% of AIDS situations arised from homosexual sex in 2016] The difficult part is that 30% of HIV infections were found only after advancing to AIDS, showing an absence of interest in HIV screening, avoidance and understanding of early medication to lower the effects of the infection.

    In Taiwan, there was a significant spike of brand-new infections around 2005 to 2006. There were 4,000 new situations, with more than 70% related to injection substance abuse. The good news is that brand-new infections are going down-- a record in August 2018 claimed the price lowered 26% from the previous year.

    LGBTQ people are approved at the office. Tokyo Rainbow Pride in April brought more than 200,000 individuals and dramatically bigger business sponsorships than previous years. Regardless of the success of this occasion, real acceptance is still far in Japanese society. In a public speech, Japanese parliament participant Mio Sugita commented that LGBTQ individuals can't recreate and also are therefore ineffective individuals, damaging conventional family worths. She is not alone; at the very least six other parliament participants made similar prejudiced comments versus the LGBTQ area in 2018. There are similar preconceptions attached to people coping with HIV in Japan. Japan requires to go beyond the Rainbow occasions and also company floats to securing civil liberties with legislation.

    Kaz Senju files Tokyo's gay bar scene through images and interviews.Courtesy of Kaz Senju

    I was privileged to have a two-year internship at Visual AIDS throughout my MFA research at the International Facility of Photography\/Bard College. With that teaching fellowship, I have actually produced more than 30 videos, recording artists that are living with HIV and also AIDS. My latest work was Last Address Tribute Walk: Times Square, a walking scenic tour of [historic AIDS-related sites, such as the addresses of musicians] making homages to [author] Reinaldo Arenas and [supervisor and dramatist] Reza Abdoh. I additionally video-recorded Samuel Delany reviewing from his Times Square Red, Times Square Blue where the Capri [grown-up film] theater utilized to be. [You can learn more concerning the Last Address homage walks right here and also watch the Delany analysis below.]

    I'm commemorating Pride by having a book finalizing event at the Bureau of General Services Queer Division at The LGBT Center in Greenwich Town at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 29, with queer photo artists Matthew Papa, Michael Craft as well as Michael McFadden. The occasion will certainly be regulated by my educator, Nayland Blake. I likewise intend to go to the march with Parsons, part of The New College, where I teach the art of digital photography.

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