April 16th, 2009

Japanese surname/region

Place: Story set in San Francisco, but refers to Nagasaki, Japan
Time: December 1941

Is there any connection between a specific Japanese surname and a prefecture or historical region? I need to settle on a name for a minor character in the first chapter of my novel, an unusual woman who eloped with an American naval officer shortly after the Russo-Japanese war. I would like her to be from Nagasaki, and her name has to start with an O. In her widowhood this unusual and relatively flamboyant lady opened up her Eureka Valley house as a boarding house with four rooms for young men going to college or starting out in some sort of respectable profession, and they call her Miss O, both out of affection and because her maiden Japanese surname is just a bit long. I had been thinking of "Okahashi". (In my drafts she had been Miss Onizuka because all I knew was the anime from the manga I never even really watched.)

Searched: "Okahashi", various other names
Watchmen: Save the world

1960s view of bisexuality

Setting: 1966, New York (or the Watchmen version thereof)

Question: Would a man who isn't familiar with gay subculture, but who has known and worked with some (fairly closeted) homosexual men, be likely to have a concept of bisexuality as differentiated from homosexuality? Or would he be more likely to consider any man who's had sex with men a homo/queer/fag/insert-slur-here (we're talking about the Comedian here, can you tell?), even if he knows said man has also had relationships with women?

As a follow-up question, if you think it plausible that he might make a distinction between gay and bi, what term would he be likely to use for a male bisexual? Some possible options: AC/DC, 'swings both ways', 'switch-hitter' - but I don't know how current or well-known any of those would have been in the mid-1960s. (I recall that AC/DC was used in LA Confidential, but I don't want to base my decision on another movie ;) Any other contemporary slang terms I'm overlooking?

Terms searched include combinations of bisexual, history, and slang, but I couldn't turn up how well-known any of these concepts/terms would have been outside of the subculture at that time period.

ETA: Thanks for all the comments! I think I've got enough to go on now.