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Constellating Home

Trans and Queer Asian American Rhetorics

V. Jo Hsu

226 pp. 6 x 9
Pub Date: August, 2022

Subjects: Rhetoric
Gender & Sexuality Studies
Race and Ethnic Studies
Disability Studies

Series: Intersectional Rhetorics

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“Hsu’s exploration of sense-making processes, modes of relationality, and worldmaking possibilities produces a rich and particular narrative of resistance and refusal. Constellating Home is compelling, theoretically rich, and beautifully written.” —Gust Yep, author of Queer Theory and Communication: From Disciplining Queers to Queering the Discipline(s)

Constellating Home will be incredibly useful for any of the many academic fields that are trying to make sense of marginalized communities but struggle to describe and honor the diversity and heterogeneity of individual experiences.” —Lori Kido Lopez, author of Asian American Media Activism: Fighting for Cultural Citizenship

Constellating Home: Trans and Queer Asian American Rhetorics explores how race, migration, gender, and disability entwine in conceptions of deserving citizens. V. Jo Hsu explores three archives of trans and queer Asian American (QTAPI) rhetorics, considering a range of texts including oral histories, photography, personal essays, and performance showcases. To demonstrate how QTAPI use personal narrative to critique and revise the conditions of their exclusion, Hsu forwards a critical approach to storytelling, homing, which deliberately engages sites of alienation and belonging. Through a practice of diasporic listening, Hsu tracks confluences among seemingly divergent journeys and locates trans and queer Asian American experiences within broader US and global politics.

The stories at the heart of Constellating Home center the voices of trans and nonbinary people, disabled people, and others often overlooked in conceptions of US citizenry. Hsu’s analyses demonstrate the inextricability of Asian American activism from queer politics, disability activism, and racial justice, and they consider how stories network individual experiences with resonant histories and struggles. Finding unlikely intimacies among individual and communal histories, Constellating Home provides tools for fostering mutual care, revealing harmful social patterns, and orienting shared values and politics.

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V. Jo Hsu (they/them) is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin.

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction    Constellating Home: Storytelling, Diasporic Listening, and (Re)Defining Commonplaces

Chapter 1        Love in Constellation: The Dragon Fruit Project and Differential Consciousness-Raising

Chapter 2        Resilience as/in Homing: The Visibility Project and Transformative Taxonomies

Chapter 3        Tendering Kin: Constellating Relations with the Queer Ancestors Project

Chapter 4        To Make a Home: Bodymind as Archive

Conclusion      Moving Home / Homing Movements

Bibliography

Index

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