Amy Sueyoshi

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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.[1]

Selected community work[edit]

Sueyoshi has worked on a variety of community projects.[2]

GLBT Historical Society and GLBT History Museum[edit]

  • 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.

(Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community)[edit]

  • Dragon Fruit Historical Preservation Project Founder and Director, 2011–2012.
  • Scholarship Program Founder and Committee Chair, 2007–2014.

Videos promoting APIQWTC[edit]

  • KTVU Bay Area People

API Equality — Northern California[edit]

  • Dragon Fruit Oral History Project Founder and Adviser, 2012–present.

Award and grants[edit]

Sueyoshi's awards and grants 1996–present.[3]

  • 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.[4]


  • 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) availble at:

Articles, essays, and edited collections[edit]

  • “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; Internet.


Book reviews[edit]

  • 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.

Creative works[edit]

“The Same-sex Wedding Album, Amy & Sheree,” American Sexuality Magazine 2, no.3, March 2004 [journal on-line]; available from[permanent dead link].


  1. ^ "SF State Faculty Sites: Amy Sueyoshi".
  2. ^ "SF State Faculty Sites - Amy Sueyoshi : Selected Community Work".
  3. ^ "SF State Faculty Sites - Amy Sueyoshi: Awards and Grants".
  4. ^ "SF State Faculty Sites: Amy Sueyoshi : Publications".