In an American context, API stereotypes abound—the model minority, the perpetual foreigner, sexless or sexful. Meanwhile, queer API are rendered “the minority of the minority”—stifled, invisible, nonexistent. How have we internalized these frameworks and allowed them to circumscribe our (trans)national queer historical imaginings—who we were and are, and what we could become? What role has, does, or can public history praxis play in perpetuating or disrupting this false narrative construction?
How do we find each other and ourselves? What are concrete and constructive examples of queer API community building and identity formation—past, present, and future? What role does historical consciousness play in this process, and is it exceptional to other modes of grassroots work? What can queer API bring to the table—to synthesize queer of color critique and public history theory for the benefit of political organizing and spiritual meaning-making?
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