CFP: [Gender Studies] Queer Asian America

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Crystal Son Brownell

(dis)junctions 2009, UC Riverside, California

Panel Title: Queer Asian America

In 1996, Dana Takagi in “Maiden Voyage” wrote: “many of us experience the
worlds of Asian America and gay America as separate placesâ€"emotionally,
physically, intellectually. We sustain the separation of these worlds with
our folk knowledge about the family-centeredness and supra-homophobic
beliefs of ethnic communities. Moreover, it is not just that these
communities know so little of one another, but, we frequently take great
care to keep those worlds distant from each other.” In other words, Takagi
underscores a pattern of maintaining distance between private (sexual)
expression and public expression that is not just encouraged from the
outside in one’s ethnic community, but also self-imposed as a result of
“folk knowledge” or guarantees of filial piety, respect, and continuity
with respect to the past.
Thirteen years later, has much changed in Asian America? Does Asian America
continue to consider queer sexuality their problem, that of the non-Asian
American community, or is it beginning to see the oppression of variant
sexuality as another aspect of racial and gender oppressions? The Advocate
noted in an October 17th issue that Asian Americans “overwhelmingly” oppose
Prop 8, the ballot measure to overturn gay marriage in California. Does
this signal a moment of shifting attitudes towards queer Asian America or a
continued bifurcation of ethnicity and sexuality? In what arenas do we see
shifts in perceptions of gay, lesbian, and queer lives in Asian America?
Have film, literature, and new media provided new and interesting forums
for queer expression? This panel proposes to explore the state of queer
Asian America in multiple dimensions and facets.
Papers and performance pieces (film and new media) are requested about any
of the following topics so long as they focus specifically on Asian
American and Pacific Rim queer lives:
• private vs. public lives
• queer interpretations of canonical work (how might a queer modality exist
in John Okada’s No-No Boy?)
• queer interpretations of historical moments
• transnational migrations of attitudes about the g/l/q community
• queer legal scholarship
• readings of new literature, film, and media involving the queer community
• distinctions between queer and “lesbigay” scholarship
• critical theory
• autobiography, poetry, short films
• queer Asian America and religion
• ethnography

Please email abstracts of 250-300 words and a one-page CV to by 2/20/09.

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