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Review of: Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi
Pacific Historical Review
  • Kevin Allen Leonard, Western Washington University
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Yone Noguchi is now best known in the United States as the father of sculptor Isamu Noguchi, but he was a highly regarded author and poet who lived in the United States between 1893 and 1904 and taught English at Keio University in Tokyo after his return to Japan. In this book, Amy Sueyoshi, who teaches in race and resistance studies and in sexuality studies at San Francisco State University, carefully examines the elder Noguchi’s published writings and his correspondence with other poets and writers. Her book challenges Noguchi’s biographers, many of whom have simply assumed that he was heterosexual, and historians of Asian Americans who have refused to explore the possibility that sex among men occurred in ‘‘bachelor societies.’’ Her work also addresses historians of sexuality, most of whom have overlooked Asians in the United States who engaged in same-sex affairs.

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Poets, Japanese--Biography
Subjects - Names (LCNAF)
Sueyoshi, Amy Haruko, 1971-. Queer compulsions; Noguchi, Yoné, 1875-1947
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Citation Information
Kevin Allen Leonard. "Review of: Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi" Pacific Historical Review Vol. 82 Iss. 3 (2013) p. 454 - 455
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