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 quite a few issues, together with sexuality and id politics; neighborhood activism and homosexual activism; transnational elements of affection among ladies 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 event to Asian American experiences and Ethnic experiences can be explored.
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But on the other hand, having noted th at ALGA is as Asian Am erican as Sansei Live! or the National Coalition for Redress and Reparation, the very act of including lesbian and gay experiences in Asian American history, which seems im portant in a symbolic sense, produces in me a m om ent of hesitation. Not because I do not th ink that lesbian and gay sexualities are n ot deserving o f a place in Asian American history, b ut rather, because the inscription of non-straight sexuali ties in Asian American history immediately casts theoretical doubt about how to do it.
I can’t explain it. It’s a mother’s instinct. I prayed that it would not be so [starts to cry]. Paulette told me in a letter that she was a lesbian and that Cecilia had nothing to do with it. I wanted it to change. 33 Maria Santos* did not talk to anyone about her daughters. She grew up hav ing to face the world on her own w ithout talking to others. However, she said, “But I read books, articles all about gays and lesbians as members of the com munity. They are norm al people. ”34 In this sense parents also have a coming out process that they go through.
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).
Asian American Sexualities: Dimensions of the Gay and Lesbian Experience