Asian American Sexualities: Dimensions of the Gay and

Writing from a magnificent array of interdisciplinary views, the participants speak about a number of subject matters, together with sexuality and identification politics; group activism and homosexual activism; transnational points of affection among ladies in Thailand; queer South Asian tradition within the US; homosexual and lesbian filmmakers; same-sex sexuality in Pacific literature; and Asian American male homosexuality and AIDS. the connection of the homosexual and lesbian adventure to Asian American experiences and Ethnic stories is additionally explored.

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As a civilian and a moral woman I respected the formal order of law and the inside world of the academy. As both FBI and police internal security also represented the formal order, it was logical to assume I was allied with them. In addition, no policeman believed a woman was politically capable of fighting the department to promote honest research: Instead, the dominant elite would use me for their own purposes. (Hunt, 1984,p. 289) INCORPORATION Whether seen as man, woman, sorcerer, or honorary male, the fieldworker who enters into a setting and stays a day or a year is incorporated 20 into that setting; a niche within the host culture is carved for the ethnographer as the locals interpret and explain her or his presence within their own cultural frameworks.

The interviewer with “no gender” (like the ethnographer as “any person”) ceded place during the century to the male interviewer interviewing 38 both women and men (Kinsey’s model-see Davidson & Layder, 1994) and the matched interview, with respondent and researcher matched on gender and other personal characteristics such as race and age. During the modern era, accounts of what made an interview go smoothly and produce valid data were contested terrain: any polite and dignified interviewer (Palmer, 1928), a male interviewer (Cressey, 1986), or a female interviewer with a female respondent (Oakley, 1981).

Allen cites several examples of ethnographic work and publication subsequent to which groups of respondents felt that they had been betrayed by researchers, including the people portrayed by Carolyn Ellis in Fisher Folk (1986), which “transformed her in their eyes from a beloved outsider and frequent guest into a traitor” (Allen, 1997, p. 31). Gender and globalization set the context for the attribution of spying to social scientists in non-Western settings. The presence of a stranger in a Burmese village or an urban police department may prompt host informants to share their lives with an honorary male or adopted child, but it can also provoke suspicions of spying.

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