Lecture Description

Immigrant Yone Noguchi, who is best known today as the father of Asian American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, settled in San Francisco in the 1890s. Within seven years after his arrival, he impregnated his editor Leonie Glimour and became engaged to Alabama’s “first historian” Ethel Armes as he wrote love letters to San Francisco Bohemian Club founder Charles Warren Stoddard. Noguchi’s affairs poignantly reveal vibrant polyamorous intimacies among first generation Japanese who are historically seen as strictly heterosexual and forced into debilitating asexuality in turn-of-the-century “bachelor societies.”


Asian American LGBTQ+

ALL TOPICS & TITLES: Go back to all topics and titles.

More Distinguished Lectureship Program Resources