Queer-ing Ethnic Studies

How great would it be to be valued rather than denigrated for your outrageous difference. This is the transformative power of queer to fuel not just self-acceptance and liberation but also community cohesion and political power.

Lecture Description

This lecture highlights the importance of applying a queer lens to ethnic studies with a dominant focus on Asian American Studies. By resetting to a queer frame of mind, Asian America could move out of the shadows of inadequacy that often defines our existence and create new standards of ‘excellence.’ A thick Asian butch with a shaved head working on her pick-up truck, two wispy gay Asians with amazing hair holding hands as they wait for the bus, and a transwoman with a five o’clock clock shadow walking around in stilettos in the broad light of day, could all become provocative models of Asian America.


Asian American LGBTQ+

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