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Straitjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies

Shimizu, Celine Parrenas

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ISBN 10: 0804773017 / ISBN 13: 9780804773010
Published by Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA, 2012
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Title: Straitjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian ...

Publisher: Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Depictions of Asian American men as effeminate or asexual pervade popular movies. Hollywood has made clear that Asian American men lack the qualities inherent to the heroic heterosexual male. This restricting, circumscribed vision of masculinity―a straitjacketing, according to author Celine Parreñas Shimizu―aggravates Asian American male sexual problems both on and off screen. Straitjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies looks to cinematic history to reveal the dynamic ways Asian American men, from Bruce Lee to Long Duk Dong, create and claim a variety of masculinities. Representations of love, romance, desire, and lovemaking show how Asian American men fashion manhoods that negotiate the dynamics of self and other, expanding our ideas of sexuality. The unique ways in which Asian American men express intimacy is powerfully represented onscreen, offering distinct portraits of individuals struggling with group identities. Rejecting "macho" men, these movies stake Asian American manhood on the notion of caring for, rather than dominating, others. Straitjacket Sexualities identifies a number of moments in the movies wherein masculinity is figured anew. By looking at intimate relations on screen, power as sexual prowess and brute masculinity is redefined, giving primacy to the diverse ways Asian American men experience complex, ambiguous, and ambivalent genders and sexualities.

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Celine Parreñas Shimizu is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a filmmaker and film scholar. She is the author of The Hypersexuality of Race: Performing Asian/American Women on Screen and Scene (2007), winner of the 2009 Cultural Studies Book Prize from the Association for Asian American Studies.

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