The Making of the American “Oriental”
The use of hateful slurs — and the empowerment that can come from their reclamation — has been a subject of debate for generations of marginalized people.
This week, I spoke with Professor Amy Sueyoshi, historian of race and sexuality and the author of Discriminating Sex: White Leisure and the Making of the American “Oriental,” about the history of the term “oriental” and the complexity of the gender stereotypes that underlie it.
Don't forget to support Professor Sueyoshi's work by picking up a copy of her book, Discriminating Sex: White Leisure and the Making of the American “Oriental”!
Next Week's Reading
Readings for next week's lesson with Sherronda J. Brown are available here.