Discriminating Sex (Paperback)

White Leisure and the Making of the American "Oriental" (Asian American Experience)

By Amy Sueyoshi

University of Illinois Press, 9780252083259, 228pp.

Publication Date: February 21, 2018

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Freewheeling sexuality and gender experimentation defined the social and moral landscape of 1890s San Francisco. Middle class whites crafting titillating narratives on topics such as high divorce rates, mannish women, and extramarital sex centered Chinese and Japanese immigrants in particular. Amy Sueyoshi draws on everything from newspapers to felony case files to oral histories in order to examine how whites' pursuit of gender and sexual fulfillment gave rise to racial caricatures. As she reveals, white reporters, writers, artists, and others conflated Chinese and Japanese, previously seen as two races, into one. There emerged the Oriental--a single pan-Asian American stereotype weighted with sexual and gender meaning. Sueyoshi bridges feminist, queer, and ethnic studies to show how the white quest to forge new frontiers in gender and sexual freedom reinforced--and spawned--racial inequality through the ever evolving Oriental. Informed and fascinating, Discriminating Sex reconsiders the origins and expression of racial stereotyping in an American city.

About the Author

Amy Sueyoshi is the associate dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. She is the author of Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi.

Praise For Discriminating Sex: White Leisure and the Making of the American "Oriental" (Asian American Experience)

"Discriminating Sex is a fascinating read, clearly written and carefully argued." --Journal of American History