What does it mean to be queer and Asian American at the turn of the century? The writers, activists, essayists, and artists who contribute to this volume consider how Asian American racial identity and queer sexuality interconnect in mutually shaping and complicating ways. Their collective aim (in the words of the editors) is \u0022to articulate a new conception of Asian American racial identity, its heterogeneity, hybridity, and multiplicity -- concepts that after all underpinned the Asian American moniker from its very inception.\u0022 Q & A approaches matters of identity from a variety of points of view and academic disciplines in order to explore the multiple crossings of race and ethnicity with sexuality and gender. Drawing together the work of visual artists, fiction writers, community organizers, scholars, and participants in roundtable discussions, the collection gathers an array of voices and experiences that represent the emerging communities of a queer Asian America. Collectively, these contributors contend that Asian American studies needs to be more attentive to issues of sexuality and that queer studies needs to be more attentive to other aspects of difference, especially race and ethnicity. Vigorously rejecting the notion that a symmetrical relationship between race and homosexuality would weaken lesbian/gay and queer movements, the editors refuse to \u0022believe that a desirably queer world is one in which we remain perpetual aliens -- queer houseguests -- in a queer nation.\u0022
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David L. Eng is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University.
Alice Y. Hom is a doctoral candidate in history at Claremont Graduate University.
CONTRIBUTORS: Karin Aguilar-San Juan, Victor Bascara, Ignatius Bau, Bryan, Gaye Chan, Mark Chiang, Justin Chin, Ken Chu, Dan Cuevas, Patti Duncan, Richard Fung, Dean Goishi, Ju Hui Judy Han, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Daniel Yo Kim, Jeffrey Deungkyu Kim, Karen Kimura, I. H. Kuniyuki, Erica Lee, JeeYeun Lee, Quentin Lee, Russell Leong, You-Leng Leroy Lim, Gil Mangaoang, Vera Miao, Marie K. Morohoshi, Hanh Thi Phan, Phong, Jasbir K. Puar, Rhode, Sandip Roy, Nayan Shah, Steven Shum, Min Song, joel barraquiel tan, Donna Tsuyuko Tanigawa, Diep Khac Tran, Jennifer Tseng, Eric C. Wat, Yoko Yoshikawa, and the editors.
Q & A: Notes on a Queer Asian America
David L. Eng and Alice Y. Hom
Part One: Working Out
1. Going Home: Enacting Justice in Queer Asian America
Karin Aguilar-San Juan
2. The Heat Is On: Miss Saigon Coalition: Organizing Across Race and Sexuality
3. Queer Asian American Immigrants: Opening Borders and Closets
4. Coalition Politics: (Re)turning the Century
Part Two: Im/Proper Images
5. Creating, Curating, and Consuming Queer Asian American Cinema: An Interview with Marie K. Morohoshi
Ju Hui Judy Han with Marie K. Morohoshi
6. "A Vaudeville Against Coconut Trees": Colonialism, Contradiction, and Coming Out in Michael Magnaye's White Christmas
7. Looking for My Penis: The Eroticized Asian in Gay Video Porn
8. Lisa's Closet
Part Three: Keeping Records
9. Sexuality, Identity, and the Uses of History
10. history of disease
11. Queer API Men in Los Angeles: A Roundtable on History and Political Organizing
Introduced and edited by Eric C. Wat and Steven Shum
12. Toward a Queer Korean American Diasporic History
Part Four: Closets/Margins
14. Trying fo' Do Anykine to Donna: Fragments of a Prose Work
Donna Twuyuko Tanigawa
15. Transgender/Transsexual Roundtable
Transcribed by Diep Khac Tran
Edited by Diep Khac Tran, Bryan, and Rhode
16. Mahu: The Gender Imbalance
17. Curry Queens and Other Spices
Part Five: Paternity
18. in his arms
Joel Barraquiel Tan
19. The Strange Love of Frank Chin
Daniel Y. Kim
20. The Unknowable and Sui Sin Far: The Epistemological Limits of "Oriental" Sexuality
21. Webs of Betrayal, Webs of Blessings
You-Leng Leroy Lim
22. Heterosexuality in the Face of Whiteness: Divided Belief in M. Butterfly
David L. Eng
Part Six: Out Here and Over There
24. Coming Out into the Global System: Postmodern Patriarchies and Transnational Sexualities in The Wedding Banquet
25. Incidents of Travel
Ju Hui Judy Han
26. Transnational Sexualities: South Asian (Trans)nation(alism)s and Queer Diasporas
Jasbir K. Puar
Selected Bibliography: Anthologies, Fiction, and Nonfiction
Compiled by Alice Y. Hom
Compiled by Alice Y. Hom
About the Contributors
"A breakthrough gathering of voices, astounding in their individual clarity and their collective diversity... Q & A presents a compelling challenge to those who cling to the notion that race and sexual orientation can be considered separate identities, rather than interwoven, interdependent aspects of one's singular social/political self."
-Jeff Yang, publisher and founder of A. Magazine: Inside Asian America "This is a spectacular set of essays that compel an important and creative shifting of perspective within every page. What is 'queer' and what is 'Asian American' turn out to be vitally defined by one another. Timely, brave, necessary, and incisive, this book should change every field that it touches."
-Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley "The writers, artists, and activists in Q & A take us to so many fascinating places where 'queer' and 'Asian American' cross paths, that we end up seeing all of American history from a new angle of vision. This brilliant, provocative collection makes clear the kind of intelligence we lose whenever it's assumed that history is heterosexual and that 'queer' equals 'white.'"
-Alan Berube, author of Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two "Astute, provocative, and exemplary, Q & A: Queer in Asian America sets a bold and serious agenda for engaging race, desire, culture, and globalization today." -- Lisa Lowe, author of Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics
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