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Page Guide, LGBT Asian & Pacific Islander Americans
Links & Reports
Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Asian & Pacific Islander Americans
"HRC Foundation's Coming Out as LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans resource is designed to aid LGBTQ API Americans in navigating the intersectional challenges when coming out."
Working in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in California and nationally for equal marriage rights, fair treatment, and overall acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
"Empowering Asian & Pacific Islander communities to achieve LGBTQ, racial, and social justice. Together we can create an inclusive, equitable, and just society where all API LGBTQ people will thrive."
Kumu Hina. Dean Hamer (Qwaves, 2014; Kanopy Streaming, 2015). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website. Documentary about a Native Hawaiian mahu (transgender woman), who is also a teacher and community leader.
To Be Takei. Jennifer M. Kroot (Frameline, 2015). Streaming via Kanopy (UCLA only); film website. Documentary about actor and activist George Takei.
Seoul to Soul. Michael Chen & Paul Detwiler. (Frameline, 2006) ID5205 *Instructional Media Library Stacks DVD; Film information.
Asian & Pacific Islander Americans, 2020 -
The Groom Will Keep His Name by
Call Number: HQ75.8.O73 A3 2020
Publication Date: 2020-06-02
A riotous collection of "witty and captivating" essays by a gay Filipino immigrant in America who is learning that everything is about sex (Bitch Magazine) -- and sex is about power. When Matt Ortile moved from Manila to Las Vegas, the locals couldn't pronounce his name. Harassed as a kid for his brown skin, accent, and femininity, he believed he could belong in America by marrying a white man and shedding his Filipino identity. This was the first myth he told himself. The Groom Will Keep His Name explores the various tales Ortile spun about what it means to be a Vassar Girl, an American Boy, and a Filipino immigrant in New York looking to build a home. As we meet and mate, we tell stories about ourselves, revealing not just who we are, but who we want to be. Ortile recounts the relationships and whateverships that pushed him to confront his notions of sex, power, and the model minority myth. Whether swiping on Grindr, analyzing DMs, or cruising steam rooms, Ortile brings us on his journey toward radical self-love with intelligence, wit, and his heart on his sleeve.
LGBT Asian & Pacific Islander Americans, 1995 - 2019
Socialist Realism by
Call Number: PS3612.O879 Z46 2019
Publication Date: 2019-08-13
When Trisha Low moves west, her journey is motivated by the need to arrive "somewhere better"--someplace utopian, like revolution; or safe, like home; or even clarifying, like identity. Instead, she faces the end of her relationships, a family whose values she has difficulty sharing, and America's casual racism, sexism, and homophobia. In this book-length essay, the problem of how to account for one's life comes to the fore--sliding unpredictably between memory, speculation,self-criticism, and art criticism, Low seeks answers that she knows she won't find. Attempting to reconcile her desires with her radical politics, she asks: do our quests to fulfill our deepest wishes propel us forward, or keep us trapped in the rubble of our deteriorating world?
Brown, White, Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion by
Call Number: HQ75.53 .M44 2019
Publication Date: 2019-02-05
Brown White Black is a portrait of Nishta J. Mehra's family: her wife, who is white; her adopted child, Shiv, who is black; and their experiences dealing with America's rigid ideas of race, gender, and sexuality. Her clear-eyed and incisive writing on her family's daily struggle to make space for themselves amid racial intolerance and stereotypes personalizes some of America's most fraught issues. Mehra writes candidly about her efforts to protect and shelter Shiv from racial slurs on the playground and from intrusive questions by strangers while educating her child on the realities and dangers of being black in America. In other essays, she discusses growing up in the racially polarized city of Memphis; coming out as queer; being an adoptive mother who is brown; and what it's like to be constantly confronted by people's confusion, concern, and expectations about her child and her family. Above all, Mehra argues passionately for a more nuanced and compassionate understanding of identity and family. Both poignant and challenging, Brown White Black is a remarkable portrait of a loving family on the front lines of some of the most highly charged conversations in our culture.
Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by
Call Number: PN4874.V37 A3 2018
Publication Date: 2018-09-18
Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called "the most famous undocumented immigrant in America," tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms. "This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book--at its core--is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can't. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home. After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom." --Jose Antonio Vargas, from Dear America
An Examination of Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT Populations Across the United States by
Call Number: HQ76.3.U5 B38 2017
Publication Date: 2016-12-14
This book utilizes personal narratives and survey data from over 500 respondents to explore the diversity of experiences across Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT communities within the United States. Additionally, the authors document and celebrate many of the everyday strengths and strategies employed by this extraordinary population to navigate and negotiate their daily lives.
Land of a Thousand Bridges: Island Girl in a Rock & Roll World by
Call Number: ML420.M512 A3 2015
Publication Date: 2015-05-01
This autobiography by one of rock-and-roll's most important foremothers, June Millington, tells the story that's never been told: how girls in the mid-60's started all-girl bands, learned to play electric, and became Fanny, one of the first all-female rock bands to be signed to a major label. Fanny soon began recording and touring worldwide with bands like Chicago and Dr. John. After Fanny, June became involved in the women's music movement when she was asked to play on and tour behind Cris Williamson's "The changer and the changed," which would become the defining album of that genre. Women's music quickly evolved into an independent feminist music network that included (often collectively run) production companies,venues, festivals, record labels, and distribution networks. Land of a thousand bridges chronicles the story of a young girl born to a mixed-race couple in the Philippines, who traveled to the US with big dreams of becoming a rock star, and made those dreams come true.
Gentlemen Prefer Asians by
Call Number: HQ75.8.T83 A3 2016
Publication Date: 2016-07-26
The author, a gay Indonesian who feels he is "not much of a looker," immigrates to the USA and is inundated with shirtless joggers, same-sex public displays of affection, and the constant drive to psychoanalyze. In this poignant, witty, flippant, and trenchant collection of personal essays the author recounts his and two friends' paths to cross-cultural gay marriage and adjusting to very new lives in the USA. Yuska Lutfi Tuanakotta came from Indonesia to San Francisco in 2011 to study dance and creative writing, has two MFAs in Writing, has presented work at AWP, and was a 2014 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow.
Geisha of a Different Kind: Race and Sexuality in Gaysian America by
Call Number: HQ76.2.U5 H337 2015
Publication Date: 2015-05-08
*At Young Research Library.
Repeatedly marginalized by both the white-centric queer community that values a hyper-masculine sexuality and a homophobic Asian American community that often privileges masculine heterosexuality, gay Asian American men largely have been silenced and alienated in present-day culture and society. In Geisha of a Different Kind, C. Winter Han travels from West Coast Asian drag shows to the internationally sought-after Thai kathoey, or "ladyboy," to construct a theory of queerness that is inclusive of the race and gender particularities of the gay Asian male experience in the United States. Through ethnographic observation of queer Asian American communities and Asian American drag shows, interviews with gay Asian American men, and a reading of current media and popular culture depictions of Asian Americans, Han argues that gay Asian American men, used to gender privilege within their own communities, must grapple with the idea that, as Asians, they have historically been feminized as a result of Western domination and colonization, and as a result, they are minorities within the gay community, which is itself marginalized within the overall American society. Han also shows that many Asian American gay men can turn their unusual position in the gay and Asian American communities into a positive identity.
*Also available as an e-Book (UCLA only): Geisha of a Different Kind
Williams Policy Studies
LGBT Asian and Pacific-Islander Individuals and Same-Sex Couples. Angeliki Kastanis and Gary J. Gates. (Williams Institute, 2013). HQ76.3.U5 K34 2013 *Online access.
California's Asian/Pacific Islander LGB population. Christopher Ramos and Gary J. Gates. (Williams Institute, 2008). HQ76.2.U52 C35 *Online access.
Asians and Pacific Islanders in same-sex couples in California: data from Census 2000. Gary Gates and R. Bradley Sears. (Williams Project, 2005). KF4754.5 .P65 2005d (library); *Online access.
Queer Asian American male body and desire: HIV/AIDS and Asian American cultural politics. Jih-Fei Cheng. (UCLA, Asian Languages and Culture, 2005). LD791.8.A75 C421 2005 *At Asian American Studies Center and SRLF.
Coming out together: an ethnohistory of the Asian and Pacific Islander queer women's and transgendered people's movement of San Francisco. Trinity A. Ordona. (2000). HQ76.8.U5 O73 2000a *At SRLF.
Impact of family of origin, self-construal, and acculturation on disclosure of sexual orientation among White and Asian-American lesbians and gay men. Kathy Lee (1999). HQ76.3.U5 L435 1999a *At SRLF.