Asian American Queer and Trans Activisms

Authored by: Jian Neo Chen

The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415738255
eBook ISBN: 9781315817514
Adobe ISBN: 9781317813927

10.4324/9781315817514.ch22

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Abstract

Social and cultural histories of Asian American queer and trans activisms have yet to be more consistently and widely documented, cited, and transmitted. This attempt takes a relational approach to critical description and analysis—an approach developed by Asian American trans and queer embodied practices of survival and living, community-building, and political mobilization. Rather than producing a linear narrative of the emergence and continuity of Asian American queer and trans activisms, this entry will focus on moments of activity, connection, transition, and incubation that contribute to shaping still-emerging Asian American trans and queer social identities, embodied cultures and communities, and radical to progressive politics. A relational description displaces any single or complete narrative of the multiple struggles experienced and activated by queer and trans Asian Americans.

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