Asian American Sexual Politics: The Construction of Race, by Rosalind S. Chou

By Rosalind S. Chou

Asian American Sexual Politics explores the themes of attractiveness, vanity, and sexual charm between Asian american citizens. The booklet attracts on sixty in-depth interviews to teach how structures of Asian American gender and sexuality are inclined to toughen the social and political dominance for whites, fairly white men, even within the meant “post-racial” United States.

Drawing on demonstrated scholarship at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality, Asian American Sexual Politics indicates how energy dynamics form the lives of younger Asian americans this present day. Asian American girls are frequently developed as hyper-sexual docile our bodies, whereas Asian American males are frequently racially “castrated.” The book’s interview excerpts express the diversity of frames wherein Asian americans procedure the realm, in addition to the counter-frames they build. within the ultimate bankruptcy, writer Rosalind S. Chou bargains innovations for countering racialized and sexualized oppression.

This provocative publication indicates how power racism impacts Asian American physique snapshot, vainness, and intimate relationships.

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Sheridan Prasso, The Asian Mystique: Dragon Ladies, Geisha Girls and Our Fantasies of the Exotic Orient (Cambridge, MA: Public Affairs Books, 2006). 56. R. W. Connell and James W. Messerschmidt, “Hegemonic Masculinity: Rethinking the Concept,” Gender and Society 19, no. 6 (2005): 829–59; Karen Pyke and Denise Johnson, “Asian American Women and Racialized Femininities: ‘Doing’ Gender across Cultural Worlds,” Gender and Society 17 (2003): 33–53; Mimi Schippers, “Recovering the Feminine Other: Masculinity, Femininity, and Gender Hegemony,” Theory and Society 36, no.

Heteronormative messages and a patriarchal structure would be enforced. Messages are conveyed about how an Indian girl should act or how a good Asian American man or boy is someone who is responsible and educated. The messages of racial inferiority were subtler. These messages came in suggestions for partners or descriptions of some physical attributes as more 32 Chapter 2 attractive. Sometimes, there would be suggestions that, in terms of work ethic, Asians performed better than Americans. The things most commonly enforced are heteronormative expectations; queerness was never an expectation.

How are the experiences of men and women different? Chapter 4 addresses the short- and long-term consequences of gendered and sexualized racist treatment for Asian American women. I analyze narratives that discuss how intersected racial and gender identity affects self-image and self-esteem. The women share their experiences as ethnosexualized beings, dealing with exotification and fetishism. Asian American women are met with an exotification and orientalization as sexual bodies but do not face the threat of physical bullying like their male counterparts.

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