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Geisha of a Different KindRace and Sexuality in Gaysian America$
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C. Winter Han

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479831951

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479831951.001.0001

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Geisha of a Different Kind

C. Winter Han

NYU Press

This chapter explores the methods used by gay Asian American men to combat the stigma of race and sexuality. Rather than being passive recipients of dominant racist and sexist discourse, gay Asian American men actively manage and reconceptualize what it means to be gay and Asian using a variety of methods that address racial and sexual inequalities in the larger society. By doing so, they are able to increase their self-esteem by constructing a positive sense of self, thus helping to mitigate the stigma associated with being a racial minority in the gay community, and a sexual minority within the Asian American community.

Keywords:   stigma, race, sexuality, gay Asian American men, racist discourse, sexist discourse, racial inequalities, sexual inequalities, racial minority, gay community

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