Among the Bohemians: Yone Noguchi & Charles Warren Stoddard

Among the Bohemians: Yone Noguchi & Charles Warren Stoddard
Wednesday, September 6
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
Admission: $5.00  |  Free for members


Yone Noguchi portrait inscribed to Charles Warren Stoddard (1903). Courtesy Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.

“Faces From the Past” is a new display in the “Queer Past Becomes Present” exhibition at the GLBT History Museum. It uses tintypes, postcards, newspaper articles, paintings, mug shots, arrest records and other historical documents to present more than 150 years of queer presence in Northern California.

In conjunction with the exhibit, historian Amy Sueyoshi will trace the affairs of Japanese immigrant poet Yone Noguchi, San Francisco author Charles Warren Stoddard and their bohemian circle at the turn of the 20th century. Her talk will examine how same-sex sexuality, marital infidelity and interracial love could exist openly in the United States in an era when the law criminalized sodomy and miscegenation.

Sueyoshi is associate dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State and is the author Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi (Univesity of Hawaii Press, 2012).