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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2006

HIS 350L • Asian American Sexualities-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38800 -TBA


Course Description

Chinese immigrant bachelor societies and prostitutes. Japanese and Korean immigrant picture brides. Punjabi Sikh-Mexican Catholic marriages. Dragon ladies, Fu Manchus, military base hostesses, emasculated men. What do sexuality and gender have to do with Asian American history? This course investigates an intellectual problem that has political, cultural and social dimensions. What would a history of Asian American sexualities look like? Why hasn't it been written? How would we write it? We will examine various issues related to the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in Asian America, from the nineteenth century to the present. Topics to be covered may include: Asian American feminist and queer politics and theories; queer and feminist approaches to history; Asian women's labor migration and sexual trafficking; sexual deviance and immigrant assimilation; the relationship between marriage "rights" and citizenship; transgressive leisure spaces and pleasure; intersecting social liberation movements; and divergent masculinities.

Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.

Grading Policy

Weekly 1-pg summary and analysis of arguments in assigned readings (30%); 3-5 pp. proposal and bibliography (10%); 10-12 pp essay (40%); participation (10%)


Required readings may draw from: David Eng, Racial Castration; Eng and Hom, eds., Q&A; Abha Dawesar, Babyji; Luibheid and Cantþ, eds., Queer Migrations; Rakesh Ratti, Lotus of a Different Color; Nayan Shah, Contagious Divides; Sonia Shah, ed., Dragon Ladies; Judy Tzu-Chu Wu, Doctor Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards; and Ji-Yeon Yuh, Beyond the Shadow of Camptown.


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