BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT UID:events.uid.4052@www.discovernikkei.org DTSTART:20130119T000000Z DTEND:20130119T000000Z DESCRIPTION:In September 1897 Yone Noguchi (1875&ndash\;1947) contemplated crafting a poem to his new love\, western writer Charles Warren Stoddard. Recently arrived in California\, Noguchi was in awe of the established wri ter and the two had struck up a passionate correspondence. Still\, he view ed their relationship as doomed&mdash\;not by the scandal of their same-se x affections\, but their introverted dispositions and differences in backg round.\n\nIn a poem dedicated to his &ldquo\;dearest Charlie\,&rdquo\; Nog uchi wrote: &ldquo\;Thou and I\, O Charles\, sit alone like two shy stars\ , east and west!&rdquo\; While confessing his love to Stoddard\, Noguchi h ad a child (future sculptor Isamu Noguchi) with his editor\, L&eacute\;oni e Gilmour\; became engaged to Washington Post reporter Ethel Armes\; and u pon his return to Japan married Matsu Takeda&mdash\;all within a span of s even years.\n\nAccording to author Amy Sueyoshi\, Noguchi was not a dedica ted polyamorist: He deliberately deceived the three women\, to whom he eit her pretended or promised marriage while already married. She argues furth er that Noguchi&rsquo\;s intimacies point to little-known realities of rac e and sexuality in turn-of-the-century America and illuminate how Asian im migrants negotiated America&rsquo\;s literary and arts community.\n\nAs No guchi maneuvered through cultural and linguistic differences\, his affairs additionally assert how Japanese in America could forge romantic fulfillm ent during a period historians describe as one of extreme sexual deprivati on and discrimination for Asians\, particularly in California. Moreover\, Noguchi&rsquo\;s relationships reveal how individuals who engaged in seemi ngly defiant behavior could exist peaceably within prevailing moral mandat es. His unexpected intimacies in fact relied upon existing social hierarch ies of race\, sexuality\, gender\, and nation that dictated appropriate an d inappropriate behavior. In fact\, Noguchi\, Stoddard\, Gilmour\, and Arm es at various points contributed to the ideological forces that compelled their intimate lives.\n\nThrough the romantic life of Yone Noguchi\,&nbsp\ ;<em>Queer Compulsions</em>&nbsp\;narrates how even the queerest of intima cies can more provocatively serve as a reflection of rather than a revolt from existing social inequality. In unveiling Noguchi&rsquo\;s interracial and same-sex affairs\, it attests to the complex interaction between live d sexualities and socio-legal mores as it traces how one man negotiated af fection across cultural\, linguistic\, and moral divides to find fulfillme nt in unconventional yet acceptable ways.\n\nFree with Museum admission.&n bsp\;Reservations recommended to rsvp@janm.org or 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours prior.\n\n<a href="http://www.janm.org/" target="_blank">www.janm.o rg</a>\n<a href="/journal/2013/1/10/queer-affairs-yone-noguchi-1/"></a>\n< a href="/journal/2013/1/10/queer-affairs-yone-noguchi-1/">Read an intervie w with author Amy Sueyoshi &gt\;&gt\;</a> SUMMARY:BOOKS &amp\; CONVERSATIONS: "Queer Compulsions: Race\, Nation\, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi" by Dr. Amy Sueyoshi URL:/en/events/2013/01/19/books-amp-conversations-queer-compulsions-rac/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR