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Asian American Sexual Politics: The Construction of Race, Gender, and Sexuality

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Bravo! In a highly original analysis Rosalind Chou demonstrates that the hypersexualization of Asian American women and men links closely to white racial framing and domination. Asian American men face racialized castration, women exoticized sexualization—in both cases sustaining dominant images of white male superiority and virility while doing much damage to the self-esteem and health of Asian Americans. Significantly too, Chou concludes with a savvy assessment of Asian Americans’ coping and countering strategies for racialized and sexualized oppression. (Joe R. Feagin, Texas A&M University)

While a vibrant theoretical literature exists on the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexuality, little has been written about how individuals encounter and reflect on the connection between these forms of difference. Rosalind Chou’s provocative study fills this void. Drawing upon the lived experiences of her Asian American respondents, she demonstrates the persistence of white hegemonic notions of race, femininity, and masculinity, and the difficulty of developing ‘counter frames’ to oppressive discourses. (Michael Omi, University of California, Berkeley)

Basing her book on qualitative research she conducted with more than 60 Asian American women and men, sociologist Chou (Georgia State Univ.) examines various facets of Asian American sexuality. Chapters discuss key theoretical concepts, how internal ‘home-culture’ factors influence the construction of gender and sexuality within the lives of the author's informants, and the role of external mainstream institutions—including the media, schools, and peer groups—in the development of gendered and racialized stereotypes. Separate chapters use informant interviews to describe the experiences of Asian American women and men. Another section discusses how gendered and racialized stereotypes influence the dating experiences of the author's informants. Chou concludes with an assessment of strategies that may be useful for Asian American men and women to combat stereotypes held by those internal and external to their communities. This book will be of the strongest interest to students and scholars of gender studies, Asian American studies, and ethnic studies, especially those familiar with the theory and terminology associated with critical race and gender theory in the social sciences. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels/libraries. (CHOICE)

About the Author

Rosalind S. Chou is assistant professor of sociology at Georgia State University. She is the coauthor of The Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism with Joe R. Feagin.

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Rosalind S. Chou is a Florida native, where her parents emigrated from Taiwan in the 1970s. She attended Florida State University earning a bachelor's degree in sociology. She spent six years working for Eckerd Youth Alternatives at Camp E-Nini-Hassee, a non-profit therapeutic wilderness camp for at-risk girls, before moving to Texas in 2005 for graduate school at Texas A&M University. She co-authored the book, The Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism, in 2008 with Joe R. Feagin. She completed her Ph.D. in sociology with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality in May 2010. She was recently the 2010-2011 Samuel DuBois Cook Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS). REGSS is affiliated with the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Rosalind is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Georgia State University and her second book, Asian American Sexual Politics: The Construction of Race, Gender, and Sexuality, has just been released from Rowman and Littlefield. For more information about Rosalind, visit her website:

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