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Author Bao, Jiemin, author

Title Marital Acts : Gender, Sexuality, and Identity among the Chinese Thai Diaspora / Jiemin Bao
Published Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, [2004]
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Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Language Conventions -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Part I Positions -- 1. Introduction -- 2. The Ongoing Process of Identity Formation -- Part II The Chinkao Experience -- 3. The Gendered Politics of Migration and Marriage -- 4. Middle-Class Chinese-ness, Nei/Wai Politics -- 5. Changes in Sexual Practice: "Same Bed, Different Dreams" -- Part III The Lukchin Experience -- 6. Hybrid Identities -- 7. What's in a Wedding? -- 8. Naturalized Sexuality and Middle-Class Respectability -- 9. Shang Jia: "Family Business" -- Part IV The Chinese Thai American Experience -- 10. Multiple Belongings -- Notes -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Succeeding waves of migration, from China to Thailand and from Thailand to the United States, have helped shape the identities of three generations of diasporic Chinese Thai. In this exciting new study, Jiemin Bao focuses on how cultural identities--as seen through the lens of marriage--play a central role in the formation of cultural citizenship. By challenging models of cultural identity that separate gender, sexuality, and class into discrete domains of analysis, Bao examines the competing roles of sex/gender, class, and race/ethnicity in shaping the ongoing construction of Chinese Thai identities in contemporary Bangkok and the San Francisco Bay area. Marriage has long been treated as a mechanism of assimilation in the anthropological literature on diasporic Chinese: the Chinese "minority" is absorbed into the dominant "majority" through intermarriage. Bao approaches marriage differently, viewing it not only as an institution that fosters and reproduces fundamental ideas of masculinity and femininity, but also as a site where the various categories of ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality--the stuff of identity--intersect. Through a fine-grained analysis of the lives of men and women and the language that three generations use to talk about their experiences in different locales, Bao powerfully demonstrates how masculine and feminine identities are both classed and ethnicized in Thailand and the United States. Nuanced and provocative, Marital Acts shows how diasporic Chinese are both self making and being made, not once, but twice--first in the society in which they are born and second in the society to which they migrate
Notes In English
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Sep 2018)
Subject Chinese Americans -- Kinship -- California -- San Francisco
Chinese Americans -- Sexual behavior -- California -- San Francisco
Chinese Americans -- California -- San Francisco -- Ethnic identity
Chinese -- Kinship -- Thailand -- Bangkok
Chinese -- Sexual behavior -- Thailand -- Bangkok
Chinese -- Thailand -- Bangkok -- Ethnic identity
Thai Americans -- Kinship -- California -- San Francisco
Thai Americans -- Sexual behavior -- California -- San Francisco
Thai Americans -- California -- San Francisco -- Ethnic identity
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 082484131X
9780824841317 (electronic bk.)