How do gay men respond to controlling notions of masculinity in society and stereotypes of gay sexuality? This book explores the ways in which gay men in the United States engage in, contest and modify these notions and develop a sense of masculine identity. The book examines the creation of identity through the everyday lives of gay men: their work; home; community; and relationships.

Asian American Gay Men's (Dis)claim on Masculinity

Asian american gay men's (dis)claim on masculinity

There is an inability to recognize Asian American gay men as men in a society that effeminizes them.

—M. Song, “The Unknowable and Sui Sin Far: The Epistemological Limits of ‘Oriental’ Sexuality” (1998, p. 306)

There is very little known or written about masculinity and Asian American gay men. Recent studies on Asian American gay men for the most part have focused on high-risk sexual behaviors and HIV/AIDS (Choi et al., 1996). A few studies have examined the complex issues involving ethnicity and sexual identity formation (Chan, 1989; Chung & Katayama, 1998; Wooden, Kawasake, & Mayeda, 1983). Currently, there are no empirical or qualitative studies that have explored the areas of sexual images, perceptions, ...

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