December 14, 2010
Professor Gary Atkins, Chair of the Communication Department, was awarded a book contract for “Hunting for Home: Gay Paradises in
Aesthetic Bali, Erotic Bangkok, and Cyber-Singapore” by Hong Kong University Press.
His previous book, “Gay Seattle,” received the Washington State Book Award and
a Jesuit Book Award. The Washington honor, formerly known as the Governor's
Writing Award, is sponsored by the Washington Center for the Book. The Jesuit
Book Award is sponsored by Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society.
In his new book, Atkins creates a 100-year saga set in
Southeast Asia, beginning with the colonial era of 1910 and ending in the
modern era of 2010, seen through the stories of four men living in Bali, Bangkok,
and Singapore. The men include a king, an artist, a mastermind designer, and an
entrepreneur. The book looks at the role these men played in constructing and
communicating the modern-day images of Bali as an aesthetic paradise, Bangkok
as a sensual paradise, and Singapore as an intelligent cyber-paradise.
Atkins focuses his scholarship on communication justice,
sexual justice, and narrative journalism. He joined the Seattle University faculty
in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1978. He has served terms for more than
20 years as the Chair of the Communication Department, which offers
specializations in communication studies, journalism, and strategic
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