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By Tineke Hellwig, Sunera Thobani

This assortment locations Asian lady centre degree and demanding situations a dichotomised view of Asia and the 'west' or 'north'. It bargains an knowing of Asian ladies of their networks of connections throughout the paintings of feminist students discussing Asian ladies in North the USA, Asia, Europe and Australia. The editors have brought every one part in a manner that allows the knowledge of the intersections and theoretical linkages among ladies from diversified Asian backgrounds. this can be a huge contribution to interdisciplinary scholarship and to comparative Asian feminist inspiration.

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Unfortunately, some uncover their racialized identities in women’s studies classrooms where Whiteness is unacknowledged and normative. They learn about their difference through token requisite readings about immigrant women and racism in the White, mainstream feminist movement. But there is little support to help them process their contradictory feelings as a formerly stable identity becomes decentred. White teachers and peers fail to see and comprehend their dismay. Students report feeling “crazy” and silenced in “White” women’s studies classrooms.

Perhaps popular representations of asian women constitute a more compelling visceral and embodied appeal for political commonality than an intellectual exercise to reclaim our lost, but shared, history. The fevered yearnings of White heterosexual masculinity have long represented asian women as “naturally” hypersexual beings: as China Dolls, Suzie Wongs, Miss Saigons, Dragon Ladies, Madame Butterflies; as veiled and physically dexterous Kama Sutraesque women; as passive, docile, and subservient (Lu 1997; Marchetti 1993; Yamamoto 1999, 2000).

Over time, as different asian immigrants arrived, this movement expanded to include other struggles, including fights against police and media stereotyping of Vietnamese males as violent gang members, asian families depicted as culturally violent, the depiction of Chinese and South Asian families as “unneighbourly” because their homes were viewed as “monster” houses. Yet, despite the persistence of negative, racist portrayals, and a long history of oppositional mobilization, asian-canadian feminists still lack a distinct discourse centred on issues and concerns of asian women.

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