Queer Migrations: Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship, and Border Crossings

Queer Migrations: Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship, and Border Crossings

Language: English

Pages: 248

ISBN: 0816644667

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Emmigration from Latin America and Asia has influenced every aspect of social, political, economic, and cultural life in the United States over the last quarter century. Within the vast scholarship on this wave of immigration, however, little attention has been paid to queer immigrants of color. Focusing particularly on migration from Mexico, Cuba, El Salvador, and the Philippines, Queer Migrations brings together scholars of immigration, citizenship, sexuality, race, and ethnicity to provide analyses of the norms, institutions, and discourses that affect queer immigrants of color, also providing ethnographic studies of how these newcomers have transformed established immigrant communities in Miami, San Francisco, and New York.

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States, theorizes these and other questions. Queers migrate from every region, but here we particularly address migration from Mexico, Cuba, El Salvador, and the Philippines. We do not claim to provide representational justice to the geographic regions from which queers migrate.1 Rather, the purpose of these essays—which utilize history, literary theory, cultural studies, queer and race theory, anthropology, women's studies, sociology, and the visual arts—is to bring immigration scholarship and

In addition, there exists an important body of scholarship that discusses the utility and limits of diaspora models for queer theory. For example, see Gayatri Gopinath, "Funny Boys and Girls: Notes on a Queer South Asian Planet," in Asian American Sexualities: Dimensions of Gay and Lesbian Experience, ed. Russell Leong (New York: Routledge, 1996), 119-27; JeeYeun Lee, "Toward a Queer Korean American Diasporic History," in Q & A: Queer in Asian America, ed. Eng and Horn, 185-209; Sonia Otalvaro

even these facilities overflow, rents more and more beds from county jails across the country, where the agency cannot exercise much oversight.17 Detainees frequently languish for months, even years, in facilities meant to house people for no more than a week or two. And some four thousand of those who have been ordered deported are enduring de facto life sentences because the United States has no diplomatic relations with their home countries— Cuba, Laos, and Libya, among others—and thus can't

centrally focused on sexuality as a ground for controlling newcomers' entry. But sexuality always operated in tandem with gender, racial, class, and cultural considerations. As the immigration control apparatus evolved to address these interlocking concerns, it did not simply apply preexisting sexual, gender, racial, class, and cultural categories to individuals, but rather actively participated in producing these distinctions and linking them to broader processes of nationmaking and

communities in various parts of the world, they have overemphasized collective and organized acts with little or no regard to how queer subjects apprehend and negotiate the cultural products of these transnational movements of ideas, technology, and people. Following Appadurai's reworking of locality,41 am interested in the interscalar connections between the lived locality and the larger seemingly more expansive sites of the city, the nation, and the global. More important, this essay is a

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