Love Your Asian Body
AIDS Activism in Los Angeles
- PUBLISHED: October 2021
- SUBJECT LISTING: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Asian American Studies, History / American History
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 304 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 13 b&w illus.
- ISBN: 9780295749334
The AIDS crisis reshaped life in Los Angeles in the 1980s and
A community memoir, Love Your Asian Body connects the deeply personal with the uncompromisingly political in telling the stories of more than thirty Asian American AIDS activists. In those early years of the epidemic, these activists became caregivers, social workers, nurses, researchers, and advocates for those living with HIV. And for many, the AIDS epidemic sparked the beginning of their continued work to build multiracial coalitions and confront broader systemic inequities. Detailing the intertwined realities of race and sexuality in AIDS activism, Love Your Asian Body offers a vital portrait of a movement founded on joy.
Authors & Contributors
Eric C. Wat is author of The Making of a Gay Asian Community: An Oral History of Pre-AIDS Los Angeles and SWIM, a novel.
A brilliant, gorgeous, and nuanced rendering of queer Asian American activism in the 1980s and 1990s. This is the book I have been waiting for all my life.- Anthony Christian Ocampo, author of The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race
An important contribution to the existing literature on HIV/AIDS. This community memoir brings a new aspect to the story of sex positive interactions, adjustments, refusals, and transformations during the height of HIV/AIDS.- Andrew Jolivétte, author of Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco’s Two-Spirit Community
Clear, engaging, and accessible. The informants’ stories about HIV/AIDS organizing illustrate the multiplicities at play within the category ‘Asian American.'- Cynthia Wu, author of Sticky Rice: A Politics of Intraracial Desire