Queer(ing) indigeneity and the Igorot lesbians of Hong Kong

Jose Kervin Cesar Belmonte CALABIAS*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book Chapters | Papers in Conference ProceedingsBook ChapterResearchpeer-review


This chapter focuses on lesbian domestic workers in Hong Kong who identify as Igorot or the collective identity of Indigenous peoples in the Cordillera Region of the island of Luzon in the Philippines. It focuses on two case studies of these Indigenous migrants to illustrate the bodily negotiations/contortions that happen as traditional Indigenous gendered social institutions continue to influence the assertion/representation of their indigeneity and queerness within their migrant pageants and grassroots organisations. Despite the policing of their bodies from fellow Igorot migrants, this chapter describes how Igorot lesbians re-inscribe indigeneity and queerness by sustaining elder authority while subverting heteronormativity through the overperformance of their masculinity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQueer Southeast Asia
EditorsShawna TANG, Hendri Yulius WIJAYA
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781000782943, 9781003320517
ISBN (Print)9781032340890
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2022

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 selection and editorial matter, Shawna Tang and Hendri Yulius Wijaya. All rights reserved.


Dive into the research topics of 'Queer(ing) indigeneity and the Igorot lesbians of Hong Kong'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this