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 individuals talk about a number of subject matters, 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 event to Asian American experiences and Ethnic experiences can also be explored
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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. All too often we conceptualize different identities as separate, discrete, and given (as opposed to continually constructed and shifting). For an example of how “identity” might be conceptualized as contradictory and shifting moments rather than discrete and warring “homes,” see Elly Bulkin, Minnie Bruce Pratt, and Barbara Smith, “Identity: Skin Blood Heart,” in Yours In Struggle (Ithaca: Firebrand Books, 1988), 22.
They call her a tomboy because she’s very athletic and well built. 15 M aria Santos*, a fifty-four-year-old Pilipina im m igrant w ith two lesbian daughters, spoke of gays and lesbians in Luzon. She said, “There were negative attitudes about them. ‘Baida’ and ‘Tomboy’— it was gay-bashing in words not in physical terms. ” 16 Lucy Nguyen* had lesbian classmates in her all-girls high school. She said, “They were looked down upon, because this isn’t norm al. ” 17 A common thread throughout the observations of the parents about gays and lesbians lies in stereotypical gender role associations.
Or, as Trinh T. ”4 It is vogue these days to celebrate difference. But underlying m uch contem porary talk about difference is the assum ption that differences are com para ble things. ”5 A nd for m any ethnic m inorities, the belief th at “gays are oppressed too” is a rem inder o f a sameness, a com m on political project in Maiden Voyage Asian American Sexualities moving m argin to center, that unites race-based movements w ith gays, femi nists, and greens. The notion that our differences are “separate but equal” can be used to call attention to the specificity of experiences or to rally the troops under a collective banner.