HIS 350L • Asian American Sexualities-W
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.
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.