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Online Event—Queer Compulsions: Love, Sex, and Scandal in Turn-of-the-Century Japanese America
November 8, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
ONLINE EVENT―As poet Yone Noguchi wrote letters of love to his “Daddy” Charles Warren Stoddard, Kosen Takahashi declared himself the “queerest Nipponese” to Blanche Partington. And, while Joaquin Miller most preferred Japanese “boys” to come live with him in the Oakland Hills, San Franciscans involved in a “fellatio ring” found each other in front of Japanese and Chinese storefronts. Join historian Amy Sueyoshi for a talk about how Issei (Japanese immigrants) forged queer love in the first two decades of the twentieth century and its indelible impact on the formation of a modern gay identity. Queer Compulsions: Love, Sex, and Scandal in Turn-of-the-Century Japanese America is presented by Amy Sueyoshi The program is held in conjunction with Seen and Unseen: Queering Japanese American History Before 1945, the first-ever exhibit focused on Nikkei (Japanese Americans) who were involved in intimate same-sex relationships or defied gender roles in the early 20th century. Sunday, November 8, 2020 4– 5:30 PM PST Go here to register. Queer Compulsions: Love, Sex, and Scandal in Turn-of-the-Century Japanese America is supported by a Humanities for All Quick Grant.