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Discriminating Sex: White Leisure and the Making of the American "Oriental"

Amy Sueyoshi


In the late 1890s, “wide open” San Francisco, considered also a model city for race relations, appeared to be a place where men and women could configure their intimate lives in expansive and unconventional ways. Rising rates of divorce, increasing sexual independence among women, and state-condoned sex work defined the city. Yet as whites explored and enacted new norms of romance and womanhood, increasing freedoms would be less accessible for Asians in America. White writers, lyricists, illustrators, and other producers of leisure culture projected shifting norms of middle-class gender and se ... More

Keywords: queer history, Asian American history, gender studies, women’s history, sexuality, San Francisco history, whiteness studies, leisure culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041785
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041785.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Sueyoshi, author
San Francisco State University