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Asian male nude collection

Identifier: MS-2013-01
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Scope and Contents

The collection contains magazines, news clippings, photographs, ephemera, and audio/visual materials that document the historical rarity of the Asian male nude and the transition from the rarity of the Asian male nude to the more common proliferation of materials that can be found in later years. Even now when male Asian nudes are appearing with a limited frequency, the Asian body is portrayed in racial stereotypes, as being unworthy, lacking sexual endowment, or being submissive or passive. The collection illustrates the historical reality of this racial stereotype and the rarity of the nude Asian male in gay imagery in art as well as Western pornography. The gradual emergence from a near total absence from male imagery to the presently more widespread use of the Asian male nude is traced in detail. Also included in the collection are series on Asian body building, including martial arts, and Asian adult film stars Jordan Young and Brandon Lee.


  • Created: 1939-2014
  • Other: Date acquired: 07/00/2013


Conditions Governing Access

Age Restriction. The material in this collection is restricted by age. Patron will be required to demonstrate by State Issued ID that they are of the proper age of consent (18+) to view this material.


29.04 Linear Feet

67 boxes

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A collection of materials, including magazines, books, photographs and ephemera, that document the historical rarity of the Asian male nude.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by series. Within each series, items are arranged by geographical location, then by date of publication. In the event of no date being provided, the items are arranged alphabetically by subject.

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Related Materials

Gay Surfer Collection, USF Libraries - Tampa Special Collections, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

LGBT Ephemera Collection, USF Libraries - Tampa Special Collections, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Separated Materials

Books related to the archival collection are cataloged individually and shelved in the Queer Literature Collection. Titles and links to the catalog record are available on this finding aid via the Cataloged Publications series.

Asian male nude collection
Kevin Arms, 2014; Sydney Jordan, 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US