Straitjacket Sexualities Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies

ISBN-10: 0804773017

ISBN-13: 9780804773010

Edition: 2012

Authors: Celine Shimizu

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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 Movieslooks 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 Sexualitiesidentifies 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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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 5/9/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 293
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880

Introduction: Ethics and Responsibility: The Sexual Problems of Asian American Men in the Movies
The Slanted Screen (2006), Transgressions (2002) and Some Questions for 28 Kisses (1994)
With Vulnerable Strength: Re-Signifying the Sexual Manhood of Bruce Lee
The Big Boss or Fists of Fury (1971), The Chinese Connection or Fist of Fury (1972), The Way of the Dragon or Return of the Dragon (1972), and Enter the Dragon (1973)
On the Grounds of Shame, New Relations: Asian American Manhoods in Hollywood
Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989), The Wedding Banquet (1993), and Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Marvelous Plenty of Asian American Men: Independent Film as a Technology of Ethics
The Debut (2000), Charlotte Sometimes (2002), and Better Luck Tomorrow (2003)
Assembling Asian American Men in Pornography: Shattering the Self toward Ethical Manhoods
Yellowcaust: A Patriot Act (2003), Masters of the Pillow (2003),
Dick Ho: Asian Male Porn Star (2005), Asian Pride Porn (2000),
Forever Bottom!'(1999), and the blog of Keni Styles (2010)
Unbinding Straitjacket Sexualities: The Calm Manhoods of Asian American Male Hollywood Stars
The Crimson Kimono (1959), Map of the Human Heart (1993), Rapa Nui (1994), and The Jungle Book (1994)
Epilogue: Claiming the Power of Lack in the Face of Macho: Asian American Manhoods in the Movies
Gran Torino (2008)
Bibliography and Suggested Readings
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