By Russell Leong
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 magnificent array of interdisciplinary views, the participants talk about numerous themes, together with sexuality and identification politics; neighborhood activism and homosexual activism; transnational points 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 reports and Ethnic stories is additionally explored
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Ibid. 17. Consider for example debates in recent times over intermarriage patterns, the con troversy over Asian Americans dating white men, the Asian Men’s calendar, and the continuation of discussions started over a decade ago about gender, assimilation, and nativism in Asian American literature. 18. See Rey Chow, Woman and Chinese Modernity (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1991). 19. See Asian Women United, Making Waves (Boston: Beacon Press, 1989). 20. Monique Wittig, “The Straight Mind,” The Straight Mind and Other Essays, 25, 21.
In my silence, I chastised myself for moving too slowly, for hesitating where oth ers did not, and alternately, chastised the other students for their bull-doz ing, loose lips. I valorized and resented the verbal abilities of my fellow class mates. ” O n the other side, I em pathized as well w ith the lesbian. ” I figured that being a lesbian, while not quite like being Asian American, m ust have seemed to the intrepid student as close to the ethnic model as she could get. Finally, I thought she represented a side o f me that always wanted, but never could quite manage, to drop the coming out bom b in groups that did not expect it.
O ur attem pts to define categories like “Asian American” or “gay” are necessarily incomplete. For example, as Judith Butler has noted: To write or speak as a lesbian appears a paradoxical appearance of this “I,” one which feels neither true nor false. For it is a production, usually in response to a request, to come out or write in the name of an identity which, once produced, sometimes functions as a politically efficacious phantasm. 24 A politics of identity and whatever kind of politics ensues from that project— multiculturalism, feminism, and gay movements— is first of all a politics about identity.
Asian American sexualities : dimensions of the gay and lesbian experience by Russell Leong