Asian American Sexualities works to dispel the stereotype of oriental sexual decadence, in addition to the "model minority" heterosexual Asian sterotype within the US. Writing from a powerful array of interdisciplinary views, the individuals speak about numerous issues, together with sexuality and id politics; neighborhood activism and homosexual activism; transnational elements of affection among girls in Thailand; queer South Asian tradition within the US; homosexual and lesbian filmmakers; same-sex sexuality in Pacific literature; and Asian American male homosexuality and AIDS. the connection of the homosexual and lesbian adventure to Asian American reviews and Ethnic stories is additionally explored.
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Imagining your parents, clutching bento box lunches, thrust into the smoky haze of a South of M arket leather bar in San Francisco is no less strange a vision than the idea of Lowie taking Ishi, the last of his tribe, for a cruise on Lucas’ Star Tours at Disneyland. “Cultural strain,” the anthropolo gists w ould say. Or, as W ynn Young, laughing at the prospect of mixing his Maiden Voyage Asian American Sexualities family with his boyfriend, said, “Somehow I just can’t picture this conversa tion at the dinner table, over my m other’s homem ade barbecued pork: ‘Hey, Ma.
7. Ed Cohen, “Who Are We? Gay ‘Identity’ as Political (E)motion,” inside/out, ed. Diana Fuss (New York and London: Routledge, 1991), 71-92. 8 . ” 9. I do not mean to suggest that there is only one presentation of self as lesbian. For example, one development recently featured in the Los Angeles Times is the evolu tion of “lipstick lesbians” (Van Gelder, 1991). The fashion issue has also been dis cussed in gay/lesbian publications. ” 10. Compare for example the histories: Richard Takaki’s Strangers from a Different Shore: A History o f Asian Americans (Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1989) with Jonathan Katz’ Gay American History (New York: Meridian, 1992), Michel Foucault’s The History o f Sexuality (New York: Vintage, 1980), and David Greenberg, The Construction of Homosexuality (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988).
Or, as W ynn Young, laughing at the prospect of mixing his Maiden Voyage Asian American Sexualities family with his boyfriend, said, “Somehow I just can’t picture this conversa tion at the dinner table, over my m other’s homem ade barbecued pork: ‘Hey, Ma. ” ’12 Thus, “not counting” is a w arning about the ways to think about the rela tionship of lesbian/gay identities to Asian American history. While it may seem politically efficacious to toss the lesbian onto the diversity pile, adding one more form of subordination to the heap of inequalities, such a strategy glosses over the particular or distinctive ways sexuality is troped in Asian America.