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ISBN-10: 1479824259
ISBN-13: 9781479824250
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 09/19/2022
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.20" W, 1.10" H

Brown and Gay in LA: The Lives of Immigrant Sons

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Overview

The stories of second-generation immigrant gay men coming of age in Los Angeles

Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood, the gay sons of immigrants featured in Brown and Gay in LA could not have felt further removed from a world where queerness was accepted and celebrated. Instead, the men profiled here maneuver through family and friendship circles where masculinity dominates, gay sexuality is unspoken, and heterosexuality is strictly enforced. For these men, the path to sexual freedom often involves chasing the dreams while resisting the expectations of their immigrant parents–and finding community in each other.

Ocampo also details his own story of reconciling his queer Filipino American identity and those of men like him. He shows what it was like for these young men to grow up gay in an immigrant family, to be the one gay person in their school and ethnic community, and to be a person of color in predominantly White gay spaces. Brown and Gay in LA is an homage to second-generation gay men and their radical redefinition of what it means to be gay, to be a man, to be a person of color, and, ultimately, what it means to be an American.

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"A brilliant and soulful ethnography that merges probing critical analysis, social history, and cultural inquiry, with emotional clarity and dignity. Ocampo uses his own experience as a queer Filipino person as a form of intellectual insight and wisdom, thereby demonstrating how the role of the imperial, distant scholar, in contrast, leaves so many stones unturned, and how care matters in rigorous scholarship. I highly recommend this beautifully written work."– "Imani Perry, author of South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation"
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Details

ISBN-10: 1479824259
ISBN-13: 9781479824250
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 09/19/2022
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.20" W, 1.10" H
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