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 realizing of Asian girls of their networks of connections throughout the paintings of feminist students discussing Asian girls in North the United States, Asia, Europe and Australia. The editors have brought each one part in a manner that permits the knowledge of the intersections and theoretical linkages among ladies from assorted Asian backgrounds. this can be a major contribution to interdisciplinary scholarship and to comparative Asian feminist concept.
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Yet for acf, not only are these Canadian nationalistic state patriarchal processes at work, but nationalistic asian state patriarchal practices are also at work and the two processes work in tandem to conceal, mute, exclude, and marginalize asian women’s voices of resistance. To claim acf, it will be necessary to struggle against external and internal forces that confine and silence asian-canadian feminist voices. Some asian-canadian feminists are reluctant to explicitly centre and name the distinct histories and experiences of being “asian” and female in a Canadian context, especially within feminist activism and discourses.
Similar to Black feminist thought, the absence of asian-canadian feminist thought is the result of a deliberate suppression and exclusion of asian women from sites of intellectual activity. Bannerji argues that in Canada, unlike the situation in Britain and the United States, discourses around “women of colour” have been organized through state policies and discourses of multiculturalism: these terms reflect state power of naming and classification. ” According to Bannerji, official multicultural policy and discourses regulate the meaning of women of colour by relativizing “diversity” and obscuring the reality of social inequality.
A S I A N C A NA D I A N A S A P O LI T I C A L C O N S T I T U E NCY The term “asian american” was coined in the late 1960s to promote political solidarity and cultural nationalism. It was a strategic move 26 Asian Women 11/23/05 9:39 AM Page 27 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 to appeal to immigrants and American-born asians alike (Cheung 1997: 2). In western Canada, “asian canadian” stems from the mid1970s out of similar struggles: the Japanese redress movement, Chinatown preservation, anti-media stereotyping of Chinese-Canadian university students, and, soon after, the “Writing through Race Conference” (see Powell Street Revue and The Chinese Canadian Writers Workshop 1979).
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