Asian American and Pacific Islander Timeline

Our aim is to create a thorough representation of queer history that pays attention to the many conversations about what sexuality and gender has meant in various communities across time.

These timelines are a work in progress:  If you would like to contribute to this project as a teacher, a student, please email outhistory@gmail.com. Please send references, including pictures, with as full citations as possible. If you have questions please email us. Thanks to Amy  Sueyoshi for getting us started.

Our aim is to create a thorough representation of queer history that pays attention to the many conversations about what sexuality and gender has meant in various communities across time.
These timelines are a work in progress:  If you would like to contribute to this project as a teacher, a student, please email outhistory@gmail.com. Please send references, including pictures, with as full citations as possible. If you have questions please email us. Thanks to Amy  Sueyoshi for getting us started.

1873-00-00: Stoddard, Charles Warren. South-Sea Idyls. 1873. Reprint. Sidney: Wentworth Press, 2019.

1902-00-00: Noguchi, Yone. The American Diary of a Japanese Girl, edited by Edward Marx and Laura E. Franey. 1902. Reprint, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2007.

1903-00-00: Noguchi, Yone. The American Letters of a Japanese Parlor-Maid. 1903. Reprint, Kessinger Publishing, 2018.

1904-00-00: Noguchi, Yone. “In the Bungalow with Charles Warren Stoddard.” National Magazine XXI, (December 1904): 304-308.

1904-00-00: Noguchi, Yone. Through the Torii. Boston: Four Seas Company, 1922).

1914-00-00: Noguchi, Yone. The Story of Yone Noguchi: Told by Himself, Illustrated by Yoshio Markino. Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs & Company, 1914.

1914-09-24: Esther Eng is born in California on September 24, 1914, to parents who had immigrated from China. See: The History of Esther Eng

1933-00-00: Parry, Albert. Garretts and Pretenders: History of Bohemianism in America. 1933. Reprint. New York: Cosmo Classics, 2005.

1970-01-25: Esther Eng, filmmaker, restauranteur, gender rebel, passed away from cancer at the age of fifty-five at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City on January 25, 1970. See: The History of Esther Eng

1972-00-00: Kim, Willyce. Eating Artichokes. Oakland, CA: Women’s Press Collective, 1972.

1975-00-00: Yone Noguchi: Collected English Letters. Atsumi, Ikuko, editor. Tokyo: The Yone Noguchi Society, 1975.

1978-00-00: Said, Edward. Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books, 1978.

1981-00-00: Anzaldúa, Gloria and Cherrie Moraga, eds. This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. Watertown, MA: Persephone, 1981.

1983-00-00: Tsui, Kitty. The Words of a Woman Who Breathes Fire. New York: Spinsters Ink, 1983.

1985-00-00: Kim, Willyce. Dancer Dawkins and the California Kid. Boston: Alyson, 1985.

1986-00-00: Woo, Merle. Yellow Woman Speaks: Selected Poems. Seattle: Radical Women, 1986.

1987-00-00: Chung, C., A. Kim, and A. K. Lemeshewsky, eds. Between the Lines: An Anthology of Pacific/Asian Lesbians of Santa Cruz, California. Santa Cruz, CA: Dancing Bird, 1987.

1988-00-00: Ichioka, Yuji. The Issei: The World of the First Generation Japanese Immigrants, 1885- 1924. New York: The Free Press, 1988.

1991-00-00: Austen, Roger. Genteel Pagan: The Double Life of Charles Warren Stoddard. Edit. John W. Crowley. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1991.

1993-07-00: Aguilar-San Juan, Karin. “Landmarks in Literature by Asian Americans.” Signs 18, no. 4 (July 1993): 936-943.

1994-00-00: Amerasia Journal: Dimensions in Desire 20, no. 1 (1994).

1994-00-00: Lim-Hing, Sharon. The Very Inside: An Anthology of Writing by Asian and Pacific Islander Lesbian and Bisexual Women. Toronto: Sister Vision, 1994.

1994-00-00: Makoto, Furukawa and Angus Lockyer. “The Changing Nature of Sexuality: The Three Codes Framing Homosexuality in Modern Japan.” U.S.-Japan Women's Journal, English Supplement, no. 7 (1994): 98-127. https://www.jstor.org/stable/42772078.

1995-00-00: Leupp, Gary. Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995.

1995-00-00: Villanueva, Chea. Jessie’s Song and Other Stories. New York: Masquerade, 1995.

1996-00-00: Leong, Russell, ed. Asian American Sexualities: Dimensions of the Gay and Lesbian Experience. New York: Routledge, 1996.

1996-00-00: Tsui, Kitty. Breathless: Erotica. Ithaca, NY: Firebrand, 1996.

1997-00-00: Fumia, Molly. Honor Thy Children: One Family’s Journey to Wholeness. Berkeley, CA: Conari, 1997.

1997-00-00: Villanueva, Chea.  Bulletproof Butches. New York: Hard Candy, 1997.

1998-00-00: Eng, David L. and Alice Y. Hom, eds. Q&A: Queer in Asian America. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998.

1999-00-00: Lee, Robert G. Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999.

1999-00-00: Lee, Robert G. Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999.

2000-00-00: Bao, Quang and Hanya Yanagihara, eds. Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America. New York: Asian American Writer’s Workshop, 2000.

2000-00-00: Ordona, Trinity Ann. “Coming Out Together: An Ethnohistory of the Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Women’s and Transgendered People’s Movement of San Francisco.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2000.

2000-00-00: Stansell, Christine. American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000.

2000-00-00: Zia, Helen. Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People. See pp. 228-229. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000.

2001-00-00: Eng, David. Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2001.

2002-00-00: De Jesus, Melinda. “Rereading History, Rewriting Desire: Reclaiming Queerness in Carlos Bulosan’s ‘America Is in the Heart’ and Bienvenido Santos’ ‘Scent of Apples.’ ” Journal of Asian American Studies 5, no. 2 (2002): 91-111.

2002-00-00: Okazaki, Sumie. “Influences of Culture on Asian Americans’ Sexuality.” Journal of Sex Research 39, no. 1 (2002) 34-41.

2002-00-00: Wat, Eric C. The Making of a Gay Asian Community: An Oral History of Pre-AIDS Los Angeles. Boston: Rowman and Littlefield, 2002.

2003-00-00: Hsu, Madeline Y.  “Unwrapping Orientalist Constraints: Restoring Homosocial Normativity to Chinese American History,” Amerasia Journal 29, no. 2 (2003): 230-253.

2003-00-00: Manalansan, Martin. Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003.

2004-00-00: Lee, Joon Oluchi. “Joy of the Castrated Boy.” Social Text 23, no. 3 (2004): 35-56.

2005-00-00: Azuma, Eiichiro. Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

2005-00-00: Dang, Alain and Mandy Hu. Asian Pacific American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: A Community Portrait. A Report from New York’s Queer Asian Pacific Legacy Conference, 2004. New York: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, 2005.

2005-00-00: Gopinath, Gayatri. Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005.

2005-00-00: Shah, Nayan. “Between ‘Oriental Depravity’ and ‘Natural Degenerates’: Spatial Borderlands and the Making of Ordinary Americans.” American Quarterly 57, no. 3 (2005) 703-725.

2005-00-00: Tzu-Chun Wu, Judy. Doctor Mom Chung of the Fair-haired Bastards: The Life of a Wartime Celebrity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

2006-00-00: Yoshino, Kenji. Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights. New York: Random House.

2006: Amerasia Journal: Marriage Equality Debate 32, no. 1 (2006).

2007-00-00: Puar, Jasbir. Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2007.

2008-00-00: Beatie, Thomas. Labor of Love: The Story of One Man’s Extraordinary Pregnancy. Berkeley: Seal, 2008.

2008-00-00: Howard, John. Concentration Camps on the Home Front: Japanese American in the House of Jim Crow. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

2009-00-00: Masequesmay, Gina and Metzger, Sean. Embodying Asian/American Sexualities. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009.

2011-00-00: Amerasia Journal: Further Desire—Asian and Asian American Sexualities 37, no. 2 (2011).

2011-00-00: Hom, Alice. “Unifying Differences: Lesbian of Color Organizing in Los Angeles and New York.” Ph.D. dissertation, Claremont Graduate University, 2011.

2011-00-00: Shah, Nayan. Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality, and the Law in the North American West. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.

2011-00-00: Sueyoshi, Amy. “Miss Morning Glory: Orientalism and Misogyny in the Queer Writings of Yone Noguchi.” Amerasia Journal 37, no. 2 (2011): 2-27.

2012-00-00: Aizumi, Marsha. Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance. Bronx, NY: Magnus, 2012.

2012-00-00: Cutler, Phoebe. “Joaquin Miller and the Social Circle at the Hights.” California History 90, no. 1, (2012): 40-61, 66-69. https://www.jstor.org/stable/41853239.

2012-00-00: Parreñas Shimizu, Celine. Straitjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian American Masculinities in the Movies. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012.

2012-00-00: Sueyoshi, Amy. Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2012.

2013-00-00: Takemoto, Tina. “Looking for Jiro Onuma: A Queer Meditation on the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.” GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies 20, no. 3. 241-275. 2013.

2014-00-00: Hoang, Nguyen Tan. A View from the Bottom: Asian American Masculinity and Sexual Representation. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014.

2014-00-00: Lim, Eng-Beng. Brown Boys and Rice Queens: Spellbinding Performances in the Asias. New York: New York University Press, 2014.

2014-00-00: Nagarajan, Mala. “Queer South Asian Organizing in the United States.” Trikone Magazine 28, no. 1 (2014): 4-7.

2014-00-00: Shah, Nayan. “Race-ing Sex.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 35, no. 1 (2014): 26-36.

2014-00-00: Sueyoshi, Amy. “Mindful Masquerades: Que(e)rying Japanese Immigrant Dress in Turn-of-the-Century San Francisco.” In Contingent Maps: Rethinking the North American West and Western Women’s History edited by Susan Gray and Gayle Gullett. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2014.

2014-00-00: Tarnoff, Ben. The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature. New York: Penguin Books, 2014. 

2015-00-00: Leong, Andrew. “The Pocket and the Watch: A Collective Individualist Reading of Japanese  American Literature.” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 1, no. 2 (2015): 76-114.

2015-00-00: Sueyoshi, Amy. “Why Queer Asian American Studies?” Pan-Japan: The International Journal of the Japanese Diaspora, Special Issue - Conjecturing Communities: The Ebbs and Flows of Japanese 11, nos. 1 & 2, ed., Lane Ryo Hirabayashi (Summer 2015): 104-120.

2016-00-00: Sueyoshi, Amy. “Queer Asian American Historiography.” In Oxford Handbook of Asian American History, edited by Eiichiro Azuma and David Yoo, 267-278. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

2017-00-00: Stoddard, Charles Warren. “A South Sea Idyl,” from The Man Who Thought Himself a Woman and Other Queer Nineteenth-Century Short Stories Edit. Christopher Looby. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.