Sexual prejudice and school experience of LGBQ students in South Korea and Hong Kong

Authored by: Diana K. Kwok , Jieha Lee

Routledge International Handbook of Schools and Schooling in Asia

Print publication date:  May  2018
Online publication date:  May  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138908499
eBook ISBN: 9781315694382
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315694382-81

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Abstract

Previous publications on school experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning/queer (LGBQ or sexual minority) students have focused mostly on Australian, European and American schools. Very few publications have examined sexual minority students’ experiences in East Asian countries, especially in Chinese and Korean societies, where sexual minority equality has been a subject of long-term debate for years, and prejudice towards this invisible population persists without legal protection. Studies in both Hong Kong and Korea have found that educators do not have sufficient training to support their work with sexual minority students. Based on the literature on sexual prejudice and school experience of LGBQ students, this chapter summarizes research studies on LGBQ students in two East Asian societies – Hong Kong and South Korea –to understand their experiences in facing sexual prejudices. Findings from this study will inform school supports and practice related to inclusion of LGBQ students in the Asian context.

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