Telling Multiracial Tales: An Autoethnography of Coming Out Home

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Abstract

What follows are experimental autoethnographic tales of ambiguous embodiment. The tales weave in and out of the text and work to articulate gender in unsuspecting spaces. Together, we reconsider gender through multiple locations at once. I offer an autoethnography of multiracial tales: a simultaneous telling of embodiment as it manifests in my multiracial body. Rather than privileging one "side" of the family over another, I experiment with a concurrent telling. That is, multivocality in one body. To help anchor the telling, I use the academy as an assemblage of meaning. In the end, I find that my White family resists and rejects my queer masculinity because of my pursuit of higher education while my Asian family embraces my queer masculinity because of the same pursuit. These stories can only be known when told and processed concurrently; never alone, and never separate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Asian
  • family
  • gender
  • multiracial
  • white

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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