Amy Sueyoshi is the associate dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Sueyoshi is a trained historian specializing in sexuality, gender, and race. Her publications and lectures focus on issues regarding race and sexuality such as cross-dressing, pornography, and marriage equality.
Sueyoshi began teaching at SFSU in 2002 as an assistant professor in Race and Resistance Studies and Sexuality Studies. She has a B.A. from Barnard College and a Ph.D. from UCLA. She is the author of Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi (2012), and has written a second book manuscript Sex Acts: Race, Leisure, and Power in Turn-of-the-Century San Francisco, under review at University of Colorado Press. In addition to her academic and scholarly work, Sueyoshi is an activist and leader in the LGBTQIA community in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally.
Selected community work
Sueyoshi has worked on a variety of community projects.
- Founding co-curator of GLBT History Museum, 2008–present.
- Board of directors co-chair, 2009–2012.
- Board of directors, 2007–2013.
- Program Committee co-chair, 2009–2010.
Videos promoting the GLBT Historical Society and GLBT History Museum
- Dragon Fruit Historical Preservation Project Founder and Director, 2011–2012.
- Scholarship Program Founder and Committee Chair, 2007–2014.
Videos Promoting APIQWTC
- KTVU Bay Area People
- Dragon Fruit Oral History Project Founder and Adviser, 2012–present.
Award and Grants
Sueyoshi's awards and grants 1996–present.
- Houston Distinguished Visiting Professor, 2014.
- Willie Walker Award for Community Service, GLBT Historical Society, 2013.
- Peg Brand Distinguished Lecturer, Indiana University, 2013.
- Red Envelope Giving Circle Grant, 2012.
- SFSU Community University Empowerment Grant, 2011.
- UCLA Institute of American Cultures Postdoctoral fellow, 2007–2008.
- Huntington Library Mayers fellow, 2006–2007.
- Social Science Research Council JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2005.
- San Francisco State University Mini-Grant, 2003–2004.
- Visiting Scholar, Research Center for Human Rights, Osaka City University, July 2003.
- Japan Foundation Language Program for Researchers, Six-month course, 2003.
- San Francisco State University Summer Stipend, 2003.
- Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2001–2002.
- Institute of American Cultures Research Grant, 1999–2000, 2001–2002.
- George and Sakaye Aratani Graduate Fellowship, 1999, 2001.
- California Japanese American Alumni Association Scholarship, 2000.
- UCLA Summer R.A./Mentorship Program, 1998.
- Project 88, University fellowship with stipend and tuition remission, 1996–2000.
Sueyoshi's Publications 1993–present.
- Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi(Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2012)
- Introduction reprinted in Journal of Transnational American Studies 4, no. 1 (2012), available at http://escholarship.org/uc/acgcc_jtas.
Articles, Essays, and Edited Collections
- “What Western History Means to Me,” Western Historical Association Newsletter: Special Issue – Queer History in the West (Spring 2013): 25-28.
- “Making Whites from the Dark Side: Teaching Whiteness Studies at San Francisco State University,” The History Teacher 46, no. 3 (May 2013): 373-396.
- “Miss Morning Glory: Orientalism and Misogyny in the Queer Writings of Yone Noguchi,” Amerasia Journal – Special Issue: Further Desire 37, no. 2 (2011): 2-27.
- “Intimate Inequalities: Interracial Affection and Same-sex Love in the ‘Heterosexual’ life of Yone Noguchi, 1897–1909,” Journal of American Ethnic History 29, no. 4 (Summer 2010): 22-44.
- “Finding Fellatio: Friendship, History and Yone Noguchi,” in Embodying Asian American Sexualities, Gina Masequesmay and Sean Metzger, ed., (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009): 157-172.
- “InnovAsian in Pornography: Asian American Masculinity and the Porno Revolution,” in 21st Century Sexualities: Contemporary Issues in Health, Education and Rights, ed. Gilbert Herdt and Cymene Howe (New York: Routledge, 2007), 78-80.
- Guest Editor, Amerasia Journal- Special Issue: Asian Americans and the Marriage Equality Debate 32, no.1 (2006).
- “Friday the Thirteenth – Love, Commitment, and then Catastrophe: Personal Reflections on the Marriage Equality Movement,” Amerasia Journal- Special Issue: Asian Americans and the Marriage Equality Debate 32, no.1 (2006): xi-xvii.
- “Mindful Masquerades: Que(e)rying Japanese Immigrant Dress in Turn-of-the-Century San Francisco,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 26, no. 3 (2005): 67-100.
- To be reprinted in Contingent Maps: Rethinking the North American West and Western Women’s History (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2014), in press.
- “Sexuality and Asian Pacific Islander History,” Asian Pacific American Collective History Project, 2004 [online]; available from https://web.archive.org/web/20101229003528/http://apachp.net/; Internet.
- “For a More Queer-Friendly Japanese America,” Nichi Bei Weekly, 29 July 2010 – 4 August 2010, p. 2.
- “Threat to Asians,” San Francisco Chronicle, 21 April 2010, p. A15,http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/04/21/ED461D26VA.DTL
- Review of Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality, and Law in the North American West by Nayan Shah, Pacific Historical Review 82, no. 2 (May 2013): 297-298.
- Review of Doctor Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: The Life of a Wartime Celebrity by Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Journal of American Ethnic History (Fall 2005): 113-115.
- Review of The Making of a Gay Asian Community: An Oral History of Pre-AIDS Los Angeles by Eric C. Wat, Journal of the History of Sexuality 12, no. 3 (July 2003): 504-506.
- Review of If They Don’t Bring Their Women Here: Chinese Female Immigration Before Exclusion by George Anthony Peffer, Law and History Review 20, no.2 (Summer 2002): 421-423.
- Review of Asian American Sexualities edited by Russell Leong and Q& A: Queer in Asian America edited by David Eng and Alice Y. Hom in Amerasia Journal 25, no.1 (1999): 194-200.
“The Same-sex Wedding Album, Amy & Sheree,” American Sexuality Magazine 2, no.3, March 2004 [journal on-line]; available fromhttp://nsrc.sfsu.edu/HTMLArticle.cfm?Article=271&PageID=75&SID=FBE8414B3...Internet[permanent dead link].
Works in Progress
Sex Acts: Race, Leisure and Power in Turn-of-the-Century San Francisco, book manuscript under review at University of Colorado Press.
Sueyoshi's Papers and Talks.
Selected Conference Papers
- “Outlaws and Outliers: Queering Movements beyond Liberal Reform.” Paper presented at annual meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies, San Francisco, CA, 2014.
- “Managing Masculinity: Morality, Degeneracy, and the Creation of an Asian America,” Paper presented at annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Atlanta, GA, 2014.
- “Queer Love and Anxiety.” Paper presented at annual meeting of the National Women Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, 2012.
- “Reconsidering Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi: Conversations with Queer Compulsions Author Amy Sueyoshi.” Roundtable at annual meeting of Association for Asian American Studies, Washington, D.C., 2012.
- “Longing to Belong: Queer Sexuality and Citizenship in San Francisco.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association, Washington, D.C., 2009.
- “The Right to Sexual Orientation.” Comments presented at SFSU Rights Conference, San Francisco, CA 2009.
- “Striking Back at the Empire: Radicalizing Asian American Studies from the Margins.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Asian American Studies Association, Honolulu, HI, 2009.
- “Homo-Coming: Sexuality, Race, and Intimacy in the Japanese Writings of Yone Noguchi.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., 2008.
- “Race-ing Love: The Meaning of Intimacy Among Yone Noguchi’s Interracial Affairs.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Asian American Studies Association, New York City, NY, 2007.
- “The Problem of Ethnic Studies: New and Not-So-New Directions in the Field.” Panel Co-Chair and paper presented at the annual meeting of the National American Ethnic Studies, San Francisco, CA, 2006.
Selected Invited Talks
- Panelist, “Disciplines of Desire and Identity -- Exploring Queer & Asian-American Scholarship,” Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, April 2014.
- Panelist, “Queer Labor Matters: Roundtable on Jobs and Careers for LGBTQ Historians,” Roundtable at annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Atlanta, GA, April 2014.
- Panelist, "Queer Rebels: Asian American Activists and Artists," San Francisco, CA, May 2013.
- Panelist, “Beyond Bigotry: Understanding DOMA, Prop 8, and the Queer Rights Movement,” Pomona College, Claremont, CA, April 2013.
- Panelist, “Queer Compulsions,” American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA, November 2012.
- Speaker, “Meaning and Method of History,” Queer Ancestors Project – Chrysalis Print Studio, San Francisco, CA, November 2012.
- Speaker, “Fortieth Anniversary,” San Francisco Pride Main Stage, San Francisco, CA, June 2010
- Panelist, “Comments on Still Black: A Portrait of Black Transmen,” Frameline 33, San Francisco, CA, June 2009.
- Panelist, “Future of LGBT Activism,” annual meeting for National Council for Research on Women, New York City, NY, June 2009.
- Keynote Speaker, “Miss Morning Glory is not Transgender,” Asian American Sexualities Conference, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, March 2009.
- Keynote Speaker, “Managing Whiteness in the Classroom: A Few Practical Tools,” Saint Ignatius College Preparatory In-service Training, San Francisco, CA, October 2008.
- Keynote Speaker, “Storying the Silences, Filling in the Pages,” Cal Queer and Asian Conference, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA May 2008.
- Lecturer in Japanese, “Homo-coming,” Osaka Ichiritsu Daigaku Jinken Mondai Kenkyū Sentā, Osaka, Japan, August 2005.
- Panelist, “Asian American On-Screen Sexuality Panel,” Visual Communications Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival 2004, Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 2004.
- Lecturer, “Mindful Masquerades: Que(e)rying Japanese Immigrant Dress in Turn-of-the-Century San Francisco,” Women’s Studies Lecture Series, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, February 4, 2004.
- Lecturer in Japanese, “Noguchi Yonejirō ni Okeru ‘love,’ ” Osaka Ichiritsu Daigaku Jinken Mondai Kenkyū Sentā, Osaka, Japan, July 2003.
- Lecturer in Japanese, “Kokoro ni Shiteno Masukarēdo,” Kindai Jyoseishi Kenkyūkai, Kyoto, Japan, July 2003.
- Discover Nikkei: The Queer Affairs of Yone Noguchi: An Interview with Historian Amy Sueyoshi - Part 1
- OUTTAKE VOICES: Gay Activist Amy Sueyoshi Speaks OUT
- Bitch Magazine: Isn't He Lovely: Fear and Loathing of Asian American Male Sexuality
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