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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 a number of themes, together with sexuality and id politics; neighborhood activism and homosexual activism; transnational points 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 stories and Ethnic reviews is additionally explored

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I guess I felt,the Asian values I was taught surface in the sense that something was wrong. 28 George Tanaka* recalled, “After we hugged, she went off to her bedroom. As she was walking away from us, all of a sudden I felt like she was a stranger. I thought I knew [her]. ”29 The idea of not knowing one’s children anymore after discovering their sexual orientation remains a com m on initial response from the interviewees. Because o f this one aspect, parents believe their child has changed and is no longer the person they thought they knew.

Nancy Shigekawa*, a third-generation Japanese American born and resid­ ing in Hawaii, recalled her reaction: I had come home one night and they were in the bedroom. Then I knew it wasn’t just being in the room. My reaction was outrage, to say the least. I was so angry. I told them to come o u t.. ” That’s how I was feeling. 31 Maria Santos* remembered her discovery. I found out through a phone call from the parents of [her] best friend. They [Cecilia* and her friend] were trying to sneak out and they had a relationship.

In the popular dressing of Asian American identity, silence has functioned as a m etaphor for the assimilative and positive imagery of the “good” minorities. 13 If silence has been a powerful m etaphor in Asian American history, it is also a crucial element of discussions of gay/lesbian identity, albeit in a somewhat different way. In both cases, silence may be viewed as the oppressive cost of a racially biased or heterosexist society. ” W hile “breaking the silence” about Asian Americans refers to crashing popular stereotypes about them, and shares with the gay act of “com­ ing o ut” the desire to define oneself rather than be defined by others, there remains an im portant difference between the two.

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