By Tineke Hellwig, Sunera Thobani
This assortment areas Asian girl centre level and demanding situations a dichotomised view of Asia and the 'west' or 'north'. It deals an figuring out of Asian girls of their networks of connections in the course of 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 fashion that permits the certainty of the intersections and theoretical linkages among girls from assorted Asian backgrounds. this is often a big contribution to interdisciplinary scholarship and to comparative Asian feminist inspiration.
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Perhaps not even recognizing the roots of their uneasiness, they undermine our attempts to theorize our experiences and mobilize on our own terms. It is, therefore, crucial that we acknowledge these differences and not be lulled into a warm, fuzzy, easy, and superficial ideology of commonality and sisterhood. The term “acf” will likely remain contradictory and ambivalent given the heterogeneity in Asian-ness as a lived reality. Any attempt to fix definitions of Chineseness, specifically, or Asian-ness, more broadly, through objective racial, national, or ethnic criteria, and to impose it as a category of state regulation must be resisted because to go down that road is to go the way of endless arguments over authority, authenticity, and voice, and ultimately reproduces race consciousness and racism.
In this respect, the Jin Guo collection is important in marking some of the community activism work of Chinese women, but it remains a singularity. Without asian-canadian feminist writings, we have no memory of the past and no legacy for the future. 38 Asian Women 11/23/05 9:39 AM Page 39 I S S U E S I N C O N S T I T U T I N G A S I A N - C A NA D I A N F E M I N I S M S Yet, cultural nationalism must not trap or confine asian-canadian feminist thought. Cultural nationalism, as a concern, marked the early phases of asian-american studies in the United States and Canada (Aguilar-San Juan 1994; Hune, Kim, Fugita, and Ling 1991).
WONG 1995: 119) F O R W H O M D O E S T H E T E R M “A S I A N - C A N A D I A N F E M I N I S M S ” (acf ) resonate? What is at stake in asserting this name? In posing these questions, I do not really expect an answer, but I hope that those who recognize themselves in these questions find it easier to come forward and engage in dialogue. Even posing these questions is awkward because I live in a “multicultural nation” that offers contradictory and ambivalent space from which to constitute and locate oneself as an asiancanadian feminist.
Asian Women: Interconnections by Tineke Hellwig, Sunera Thobani