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 powerful array of interdisciplinary views, the participants talk about quite a few subject matters, together with sexuality and id politics; group 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 reports and Ethnic experiences is usually explored
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9 Nonetheless, the parents interviewed recounted incidents o f being aware of lesbians and or gays while they were growing up and did not blame assimilation and Anglo American culture for their childrens sexual orientation. One quote by Lucy Nguyen*, a fifty-three year old Vietnamese im m igrant who has two gay sons, does however, imply that the environment and attitudes of the United States allowed for her sons to express their gay identity. She stated: In an environment like this—with all the gay activities— I think I’m lesbian.
1 —Alice Walker The topic of sexualities— in particular, lesbian, gay, and bisexual identities— is an im portant and timely issue in that place we imagine as Asian America. All of us in Asian American Studies ought to be thinking about sexuality and Asian American history for at least two compelling reasons. One, while there has been a good deal of talk about the “diversity” o f Asian American communities, we are relatively uninform ed about Asian American subcultures organized specifically around sexuality.
But I can hardly place all of the blame Maiden Voyage Asian American Sexualities on my colleagues. Som etimes I silence myself as m uch as I feel silenced by them. And my silencing act is a blaring welter of false starts, uncertainties, and anxieties. For example, on the one hand, an om nipresent little voice tells me that visibility is better than invisibility, and therefore, coming out is an affirm ing social act. O n the other hand, I fear the awkward silences and struggle for conversation that sometimes follow the business o f coming out.
Asian American sexualities : dimensions of the gay and lesbian experience by Russell Leong