A queer of color critique theory

A queer of color critique is a theory that describes the framework surrounding the nature of feminism in minority races. The theory raises a counterargument against the dominant queer framework that only covers issues faced by the majority race and the particular class because it is not inclusive of the dynamics of how diverse groups are affected by the issue at hand. The critique, describes the queer theory as queer since it assumes contention affects a specific identity. Additionally, the queer of color critique serves to add context to the preexisting theory to allow for the inclusion of other identities within the same context of queerness (Ferguson, 2018). The critique challenges the political leaders of this movement to be accommodating that the same issues might be affecting people from diverse origins. The queer of color critique was formed out of necessity since the original theory was not updated as the environment changed because it was still racist and singular. The critique’s central concept is to ensure all human beings can live a self-fulfilled life without having to forgo their authentic self. This means politics will address marginalized groups’ issues, creating a conducive environment for them to be authentic.

A queer of color critique has some significance in Asian-American art because they are part of a marginal group that the original theory left out. Since Asians are non-white in a racial time, their concerns were not acknowledged, which is where Asian-American art plays a role in recording the rich history of this minority in their journey of being queer. The contemporary art helped boost the Asian-American queer awareness by explaining their struggles and the challenges they faced in the last decade under the shadow of a discriminative queer group. The critique explains why Asian-American art was distinctively directed to point out the uniqueness and differences in queer Asians’ journey in a society that did not recognize their significance. The film "for the love of unicorns" is one of the Asian-American art used to illustrate the fabric of utopia (Min, 2017). A child’s eyes show the feeling presented in queer movements calling for people to stop discriminating against them because they are ordinary people with different beliefs of their identity, outside the expected social norm structures.


Min, S., & Lee, K. (2017). Queering Contemporary Asian American Art. University of Washington Press.

Ferguson, R. A. (2018). Queer of color critique. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature.