By Kumiko Nemoto
Racing Romance sheds gentle at the bonds among whites and Asian american citizens, a massive subject that has no longer garnered well-merited recognition previously. utilizing fundamental resource narratives and interviews, Kumiko Nemoto addresses the contradictions and tensions-a results of race, category, and gender-that Asian americans and whites event. Racing Romance unearths how "progressive" interracial relationships stay formed by means of the common sense of patriarchy and gender inherent to the right of marriage, kinfolk, and kingdom in the USA, while this perfect is juxtaposed with discourses of multiculturalism and colour blindness.
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To explore gender dynamics and its link to ideological tropes and political economy, I have divided this chapter into three parts. 39 40 racing romance In the ﬁrst, “The Asian Woman as a Good Wife,” I discuss three marriages, one that took place in the 1950s, one in the 1970s, and one in the late 1990s. The historical period of each marriage places it within a particular postcolonial/neocolonial context of American–Asian relations. The marriage that took place in the 1950s points up considerations of gender and race in the context of post–WWII relations between Japan and the United States.
77 In a study of black men who date interracially, Kelina M. 78 Her study does not extend discussion of these black men’s attraction to white women into a discussion of the issue of their manhood, but certainly it is worthwhile to analyze how minority men, whose access to white women is still limited by prevailing negative stereotypes, contest or appropriate racialized masculinities through relationships with white women. Minority men’s views of interracial relationships are also associated with images of gendered power.
In George’s individual interview, his story unfolded as a tale of recovery in which he overcame his depression and drinking, seemingly parts of his workingclass masculinity, by growing trust in and love for his wife. The discourse of the Japanese woman as traditionally feminine persisted throughout his story of their marriage. Sachiko’s “choice” to stay in the marriage as a good wife, regardless of her hardships and George’s description of her as “strong,” also reinforces the popular image of military brides as women loyal to their husbands, husbands who had offered them protection and a good life in America.
Racing Romance: Love, Power, and Desire Among Asian American White Couples by Kumiko Nemoto