New PDF release: Embodying Asian American Sexualities

By Gina Masequesmay, Sean Metzger

Embodying Asian/American Sexualities is an available reader designed to be used in undergraduate and graduate American reports, ethnic reviews, gender and sexuality experiences, and function experiences sessions in addition to for a common public attracted to similar concerns. It comprises either overviews of the sector and scholarly interventions right into a variety of themes, together with background, literature, functionality, and sociology.

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SC: I started out studying sexual pornography with Linda Williams, and then I got interested in the idea that violence can also be pornography, and I fixated on that construction because it didn’t make sense to me as easily as it did to other people. Why is violence obscene? In my study on the Vietnam War, I deal with two sets of visual archives: One is the set of images that come to America about Vietnam through the news, and the other set are these movies that aren’t Pornography and Its Dis/Contents 37 about Vietnam, but are circulating from Japan and Hong Kong into America at the same time as the war.

2 Pornography and Its Dis/Contents A Roundtable Discussion with Anjali Arondekar, Richard Fung, and Sylvia Chong Transcribed by Stacy Lavin The following is an edited transcription of a conversation among three scholars, whose work deals with pornography, held at the Association for Asian American Studies annual meeting in April of 2005. Because it is a conversation (and one that has been edited for space), the point of the following pages is not to provide the student with fully elaborated arguments, but instead to offer provocative suggestions about pornography that will facilitate further discussion of the topic.

So this circulation is really a cultural argument. The circulation of the colony to the metropole is very complicated because you find translations of Venus in India that are not attributed to any original. And also a lot of the pornographic texts in the nineteenth century were written by anthropologists. So Edward Sellon wrote a book called [The] Ups and Downs of Life, and he was an anthropologist who translated. Pornography for earlier periods is interesting because it’s also about making an intervention in what constitutes the colonial archive.

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