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Queer CompulsionsRace, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi$
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Amy Sueyoshi

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834975

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834975.001.0001

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To the Bungalow and Beyond

To the Bungalow and Beyond


(p.56) Three To the Bungalow and Beyond
Queer Compulsions

Amy Sueyoshi

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter recounts Yone Noguchi's journey to meet Charles Warren Stoddard in his Washington, DC, bungalow in 1900 and the intimacies that would evolve from his move east up until 1904, namely, those with Léonie Gilmour and Ethel Armes. Though Noguchi declares he is married to Gilmour and proposes marriage to Armes, continued correspondence with Stoddard suggests that he is infinitely more emotionally connected with Stoddard than with the two women. Their affairs are almost immediately charged by Noguchi's race, as his white lovers articulate their attraction to Noguchi using metaphors that evoke an exotic and mysterious Japan. This chapter considers how Noguchi's treatment of his own race takes a distinct turn as he more explicitly evokes the Orient to further his personal and professional affairs. It shows that Noguchi's manipulation of race and racialization illustrates the dilemmas Asians in America juggled with the pressures of racism and Orientalism.

Keywords:   marriage, Yone Noguchi, Charles Warren Stoddard, Léonie Gilmour, Ethel Armes, race, Orient, racialization, racism, Orientalism

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