Celine Parreñas Shimizu’s sole-authored books include Straitjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies (Stanford, 2012) and The Hypersexuality of Race: Performing Asian/ American Women on Screen and Scene (Duke, 2007), winner of the 2009 Best Book Prize in Cultural Studies from the Association for Asian American Studies.

Along with Tristan Taormino, Constance Penley and Mireille Miller-Young, she co-edited The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure (The Feminist Press, 2013).

Her essays are published in top journals such as Signs, Theatre Journal, Wide Angle, Sexualities, Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, and The Journal of Asian American Studies. Her work in the digital humanities includes columns for, blog for the web series They’re All So Beautiful, and respondent for the exhibition catalog for Roger Shimomura’s work at NYU A/P/A Institute in 2013. Her interviews are included in Hyphen Magazine. She recently published an article on Ramona Diaz’s new film Don’t Stop Believin: Everyman’s Journey (2012) in Concentric. (Click here to view/download!)

She was Associate Editor of Women’s Studies International Forum. Currently, she writes and edits the “Asian American Cinemas” entry for Oxford Bibliographies Online and serves as the U.S. Area Editor for the Asian Diasporas and Visual Cultures journal from Brill. She currently serves as Associate Editor for Gay and Lesbian Quarterly (GLQ) and is editing a special issue of ADVA with J. Reid Miller and Ricky Rodriguez on “Unwatchable Scenes, Unhappy Spectators: A New Imperative of Representation.”



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Sole-Authored Books

Hypersexuality of Race CoverThe Hypersexuality of Race: Performing Asian/ American Women on Screen and Scene

Duke University Press, July 2007.
*Winner, 2009 Cultural Studies Book Award, Association for Asian American Studies

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Straitjacket Sexualities: Unbinding Asian American Manhoods in the Movies

Stanford University Press, May 2012.

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The Proximity of Other Skins: Ethical Intimacy in Global Cinema

Oxford University Press, January 2020.








Edited Books

The Feminist Porn Book

The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure
Co-edited with Mireille Miller-Young, Constance Penley and Tristan Taormino. The Feminist Press, February 2013. Nominated for Best Anthology by the Lambda Literary Awards, New York, June 2014.

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Refereed Journal Articles

Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. “Celine Navarro (1904–1932): Why We Must #DigUpHerStory.” Medium, Full Spectrum, 16 Nov. 2020,

“The Making of The Celine Archive Movie.” Frontiers, 2020,

Cinema Journal, Frontiers and Quarterly Review of Film and Video. 

“Claiming Bruce Lee’s Sex: Memoirs of the Wholesome Wife, Memories of the Salubrious Mistress” in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Volume 38, No. 3, 2017. [link]

“Gnawing at the Whiteness of Cinema Studies: On Asian American Media Now” in Cinema Journal, Volume 56, No. 3, Spring 2017.

“Screening Shirtless AZN Men: The Full Frontal Power of Intimate Internet Industries” in the special issue “Intimate Industries: Restructuring (Im)Material Labor in Asia” for positions: asia critique, Vol. 24, Issue 1. 2016. [link]

“Can the Subaltern Sing? And in a Power Ballad? Arnel Pineda and Ramona Diaz’s Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (2012).  Concentric, March 2013. [link]

“Asian American Cinema” Oxford Bibliographies Online. November 2012.

“Asian American Studies Must Be Defended: Subjugated Knowledges in the Age of New Media” in Journal of Asian American Studies, Volume 15, No. 3, October 2012.

“Intimate Literacies: The Ethics of Teaching Sexually Explicit Films” in Films for the Feminist Classroom, a special publication of Signs: Women, Culture and Society. October 2010.

“Assembling Asian American Men in Pornography: Shattering the Self Towards Ethical Manhoods” in Journal of Asian American Studies, Volume 13, No. 2, pp. 163-190. June 2010.

“Screening Sexual Slavery?: Southeast Asian Gonzo Porn and U.S. Anti-Trafficking Law” in Sexualities. Special issue on Sexual Labors: Interdisciplinary Perspectives Toward Sex as Work. Volume 13, No. 2, pp. 161-170. April 2010. [link]

“Queens of Anal, Double, Triple, and the Gang Bang: Producing Asian/American Feminism in Pornography” in Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. Volume 18, No. 1, pp. 235-276. 2006. [link]

“Hypersexuality in the Films of Helen Lee” in Chon Noriega and Eve Oishi, Race and Independent Media Anthology. UCLA: Chicano Studies Research Center, 2006.

“The Bind of Representation: Performing and Consuming Hypersexuality in Miss Saigon” in Theatre Journal. Volume 57, No. 2, pp. 247-266. May 2005.

”Sex Acts: Two Meditations on Race and Sexuality” Co-authored with Helen Lee. Signs: Journal of Women, Culture and Society. Special Issue on Film Feminisms. Vivian Sobchack and Kathleen McHugh, eds. Chicago: Chicago UP. Volume 30, Number 1, Autumn 2004, pp.1385-1402, 2004.

“Master-Slave Sex Acts: Mandingo and the Race/Sex Paradox” in Wide Angle: Journal of Film History, Theory, Criticism, and Practice. Special Issue on Visual Culture and Black Masculinity. Volume 21, No. 4, pp. 42-61, October 2004. [link]

“The Necessary Terror of Stephen Winter’s Chocolate Babies” in Stanford Black Arts Quarterly, Spring/Summer 1998. Stanford,1998.


Book Chapters

“Introduction” to The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure. Co-written with Constance Penley, Mireille Miller-Young and Tristan Taormino. New York: The Feminist Press, 2013.

“Bound by Expectation: The Racialized Sexuality of Porn Star Keni Styles” in The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure, eds. Tristan Taormino, Constance Penley, Celine Parreñas Shimizu and Mireille Miller-Young. New York: The Feminist Press, 2013. [link]

“Pain and Pleasure in the Flesh of Machiko Saito’s Experimental Movies” in Daniel Bernardi, editor. Filming Difference. Chapter 3. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009.

“Master-Slave Sex Acts: Mandingo and the Race/Sex Paradox” in The Persistence of Whiteness. Daniel Bernardi, editor. pp. 218-232. New York and London: Routledge University Press, 2008.

“Theory In/ Of Practice: Filipina American Feminist Filmmaking and Explicit Sex” in Pinay Power: Filipina American Feminist Theory Anthology. Melinda De Jesus, Editor. pp. 270-284. London and New York: Routledge University Press, 2005.

“Unashamed To Be So Beautiful: An Interview with Filmmaker Celine Salazar Parreñas” by Theo Gonzalves, in Hamamoto and Liu, Countervisions: Asian American Film Criticism. pp.263-274. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000.


Book Reviews

“Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures” by Gayatri Gopinath. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005. Journal of Asian American Studies. Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore, MD: 2007.

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“The Vexing Power of Sex and the Face” in Prints of Pop (& War): A Mini-Retrospective of Roger Shimomura” NYU A/P/A Institute. April 2013.

“Organic Asian American Sexualities” in They’re All So Beautiful. A Web Series.  April 2013.
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“Straitjacket Sex Screens” A column commissioned by, University of Texas. September 2009.
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“The Hypersexual Power of the Hip Hop Hottie: The Black Eyed Peas’ ‘Bebot’” A column commissioned by, University of Texas. July 2009.
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“The Making of My Mothering Movie: On Race, Neoliberalism and Mothering” A column commissioned by, University of Texas, June 2009.
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Editor, “The Unwatchability of Whiteness: A New Imperative of Representation”
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Editor, “Asian American Cinemas” for Oxford Bibliographies Online
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Associate Editor of Women’s Studies International Forum
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