Tokyo: Asahi Shuppansha, 1995. Hardcover. 223p., very good in hardcover with dj; first edition; Contains many B&W photographs.
Perhaps the first published first-person narrative by an HIV+ gay man in Japan; it was a momentous thing for Oishi to have his photo on the front cover and to use his actual name. Book discusses his upbringing, childhood teasing for being girlish, learning about AIDS in 1983 when it was viewed in Japan as a foreign problem. Discusses early participation in Occur (the earliest and biggest gay activist organization) and how this changed his ideas about being gay. Discusses the 1990 case of "Seinen no ie" (in which Occur successfully sued the city of Tokyo for its refusal to allow Occur to continue using a public lodging facility because other male visitors would be uncomfortable sharing facilities with known homosexuals). Learns HIV+ status in 1991, just before going to US; discusses more permissive, tolerant atmosphere in US, and describes the gay community in San Francisco. Discusses American response to AIDS, especially in San Francisco. Much on his inspiring friendship with AIDS activist George Choi (d. 1993) who advises him to stop thinking only of dying. Comes out as HIV+ to his mother, and is comforted by her assurance that she will fight the disease with him. Goes to the Pride parade in SF in 1992 with 20 Occur members. Enjoys the sense of liberation, the ability to express oneself as gay without any negative consequences. Learns the importance of developing one's own philosophy about AIDS activism. Meets Don (Duganier?) in 1993, another AIDS activist; decides he must be out about his HIV+ status. Goes to 9th Intl AIDS Conference in Berlin, 1993 where he gives speech at closing ceremony coming out as an AIDS activist, thanking his gay, lesbian and PWA friends. Goes to NYC for Stonewall in 1994, and is surprised by the lack of presence from Asian countries. Appendix contains a series of brief comments on nutritional, healthcare, and other needs for PWAs. Points out the need for healthcare to be streamlined for PWAs - to no longer require PWAs to get all of their treatment, no matter how routine, at designated hospitals. Importance of not merely relying on doctors' advice, but on deciding for oneself.
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