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Asian American Literature  
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Asian/Pacific Gay and Lesbian Organizations

On both the East and West coasts, Asian/Pacific gay and lesbian organizations make visible their constituencies through newsletters featuring poetry, short stories, and autobiographical narratives. San Francisco's Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) began publishing the The Lavender Godzilla in 1987, a monthly newsletter producing literary supplements three times a year. In New York, the Asian Lesbians of the East Coast (ALOEC) began publishing the ALOEC Newsletter in 1984, and a year later, in San Francisco, the Asian Pacifica Sisters (APS) put out its first newsletter, Phoenix Rising.

These newsletters provide a forum for Asian/Pacific gays and lesbians to discuss issues close to home: domestic violence, AIDS in their communities, safe sex, possibilities for coalition, the politics of publishing.

Video and Film Expressions

Gay and lesbian Asian/Pacific artistic creativity blossoms in video and film, media more accessible to marginalized peoples, perhaps, than mainstream commercial publishing. Both the 1993 New York and San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals featured videos by Asian/Pacific artists Pablo Bautista, Quentin Lee, and Ming-Yuen S. Ma. In addition, films by Gregg Araki (The Living End) and Rico Martinez (Glamazon) recently premiered with notable acclaim.

Many of these works are available on videotape from the National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA), which also distributes lesbian films, including Ann Moriyasu's Issei Wahine and Eileen Lee and Marilyn Abbink's Women of Gold.


Productions by these talented artists, as well as many others, attest to the ways Asian/Pacific gays and lesbians will continue to gain recognition for their different communities. In 1994, two additional collections brought together gay and lesbian writers: Jessica Hagedorn's Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction hosts a large gay and lesbian presence, and Amerasia Journal published a critical and literary issue entitled "New Dimensions, New Desires."

As Kitty Tsui reminds us in her poem "It's in the Name," we are "each with a name / each with a face / blood, bone breath."

David L. Eng
Candace Fujikane

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Asian Lesbians of the East Coast. ALOEC Newsletter. P.O. Box 850, New York, NY 10002.

Asian Pacifica Sisters (APS). Phoenix Rising. P.O. Box 170596, San Francisco, CA 94117.

Chin, Curtis, Gayatri Gopinath, Joo-Hyun Kang, and Alvin Realuyo, eds. Witness Aloud: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Asian/Pacific American Writings. The Asian/Pacific American Journal 2:1 (Spring/Summer 1993).

Chinen, Margaret. All, All Alone. College Plays. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Department of English, 1947-1948.

Chung, C., A. Kim, and A. K. Lemeshewsky, eds. Between the Lines: An Anthology by Pacific/Asian Lesbians of Santa Cruz, California. Santa Cruz, Calif.: Dancing Bird Press, 1987.

Fung, Richard. "Looking for My Penis: The Eroticized Asian in Gay Video Porn." How Do I Look? Queer Film and Video. Bad Object Choices, ed. Seattle: Bay Press, 1991.

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA). Lavender Godzilla Newsletter. P.O. Box 421884, San Francisco, CA 94142-1884.

Hagedorn, Jessica, ed. Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction. New York: Penguin, 1994.

Hagedorn, Jessica. Danger and Beauty. New York: Penguin, 1993.

Hom, Alice. "In the Mind of An/Other." Amerasia Journal 17:2 (1991): 51-54.

Hwang, David Henry. M. Butterfly. New York: Plume, 1988.

Kaneko, Lonny. "The Shoyu Kid." The Big Aiiieeee! An Anthology of Chinese American and Japanese American Literature. Jeffrey Paul Chan, Frank Chin, Lawson Inada, and Shawn Wong, eds. New York: Meridian, 1991.

Kim, Willyce. Curtains of Light. Self-published, 1971.

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Leong, Russell. In the Country of Dreams and Dust. Albuquerque, N. M.: West End Press, 1993.

Leong, Russell, ed. "New Dimensions, New Desires." Special queer issue of the Amerasia Journal 20:1 (Spring 1994).

Lim, Paul Stephen. Homerica: A Trilogy on Sexual Liberation. Louisville, Ky.: Aran Press, 1985.

Lin, Wallace (a.k.a. Russell Leong). "Rough Notes for Mantos." Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers. Jeffrey Paul Chan, Frank Chin, Lawson Fusao Inada, and Shawn Wong, eds. New York: Anchor, 1974.

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National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA). 346 Ninth Street, Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103.

Noda, Barbara. Strawberries. Berkeley: Shameless Hussy Press, 1979.

Okita, Dwight. Crossing with the Light. Chicago: Tia Chucha Press, 1992.

Tsui, Kitty. Words of a Woman Who Breathes Fire. San Francisco: Spinsters, 1983.

Villanueva, Chea. Chinagirls. N.p.: Lezzies on the Move Productions, 1991.

_____. Girlfriends. New York: Outlaw Press, 1987.

Wong, Norman. Cultural Revolution. New York: Persea Press, 1994.

Woo, Merle. Yellow Woman Speaks. Seattle: Radical Women Publications, 1986.

Zahava, Irene, ed. Lesbian Love Stories. Freedom, Calif.: Crossing Press, 1989.


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    Author: Eng, David L. ; Fujikane, Candace  
    Entry Title: Asian American Literature  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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