Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics

Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics

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Overview

Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics brings together groundbreaking essays that speak to the relationship between Asian American feminisms, feminist of color work, and transnational feminist scholarship. This collection, featuring work by both senior and rising scholars, considers topics including the politics of visibility, histories of Asian American participation in women of color political formations, accountability for Asian American “settler complicities” and cross-racial solidarities, and Asian American community-based strategies against state violence as shaped by and tied to women of color feminisms. Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics provides a deep conceptual intervention into the theoretical underpinnings of Asian American studies; ethnic studies; women’s, gender, and sexual studies; as well as cultural studies in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295744353
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 11/21/2018
Series: Decolonizing Feminisms
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 277,045
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lynn Fujiwara is associate professor at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Mothers without Citizenship: Asian Immigrant Families and the Consequences of Welfare Reform. Shireen Roshanravan is associate professor of American ethnic studies at Kansas State University. She is the coeditor of Speaking Face to Face / Hablando Cara a Cara: The Visionary Philosophy of María Lugones.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Lynn Fujiwara Shireen Roshanravan 3

Part 1 Re-Membering Our Present

Asian American Genealogies in the Emergence of Women of Color Formations

1 Intersectionality and Incommensurability: Third World Feminism and Asian Decolonization Grace Kyungwon Hong 27

2 Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Feminisms: Radicalism, Liberalism, and Invisibility Judy Tzu-Chun Wu 43

Part 2 Erotic (Dis)Connections

Epistemologies of Asian American Sexual Politics

3 Without Enhancements: Sexual Violence in the Everyday Lives of Asian American Women Erin Khuê Ninh 69

4 Peminist and Queer Affiliation in Literature as a Blueprint for Filipinx Decolonization and Liberation Thomas Xavier Sarmiento 82

Part 3 Decolonial Investments

Centering Indigeneity and Orienting against Settler Complicities

5 Decolonizing API: Centering Indigenous Pacific Islander Feminism Stephanie Nohelani Teves Maile Arvin 107

6 Becoming Restive: Orientations in Asian American Feminist Theory and Praxis Tamsin Kimoto 138

7 Navigating Colonial Pitfalls: Race, Citizenship and the Politics of "South Asian Canadian" Feminism Sunera Thobani 155

Part 4 Beyond "Culture Clash" Reductions

Organizing against State and Interpersonal Violence

8 The Language of Care: Hmong Refugee Activism and a Feminist Refugee Epistemology Ma Vang 179

9 Negotiating Legacies: The "Traffic in Women" and the Politics of Filipina/o American Feminist Solidarity Gina Velasco 198

10 Race, Reproductive Justice, and the Criminalization of Purvi Patel Priya Kandaswamy 218

Part 5 Incommensurability And (In)Visibility

Theorizing an Asian American Feminist Praxis

11 Multiplicity, Women of Color Politics, and an Asian American Feminist Praxis Lynn Fujjwara 241

12 Weaponizing Our (In)Visibility: Asian American Feminist Ruptures of the Model-Minority Optic Shireen Roshanravan 261

List of Contributors 283

Index 289

What People are Saying About This

Mimi Thi Nguyen

Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics argues compellingly for necessary theoretical and political engagements with practices of dialogue and solidarity, but also with histories of erasure and exclusion, between Asian American feminisms and women of color politics. This is an exciting collection of dynamic and forthright essays grappling with the possibilities, and incommensurabilities, of coalition-making and strategies for creating, sustaining, and sometimes breaking them – and we would do well to listen to its insights.

Patti Duncan

In Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics, LynnFujiwara and Shireen Roshanravan establish a critical framework for understanding Asian American feminisms as a field of scholarly, political inquiry that engages the theory and praxis of women of color feminisms. This exciting, groundbreaking collection should be required reading for scholars of Asian American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as anyone interested in women of color politics, epistemologies, and coalitions.

From the Publisher

"Maps out an Asian American feminist genealogy that is rooted in women of color feminism as well as a framework for what constitutes Asian American feminist theoretical critique."—Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, author of Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World

"An important assessment of the theoretical and conceptual frameworks within Asian American feminisms that weaves together foundational texts from generations past with contemporary contexts."—Lisa Sun-Hee Park, author of Entitled to Nothing: The Struggle for Immigrant Health Care in the Age of Welfare Reform

"Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics argues compellingly for necessary theoretical and political engagements with practices of dialogue and solidarity, but also with histories of erasure and exclusion, between Asian American feminisms and women of color politics. This is an exciting collection of dynamic and forthright essays grappling with the possibilities, and incommensurabilities, of coalition-making and strategies for creating, sustaining, and sometimes breaking them – and we would do well to listen to its insights."—Mimi Thi Nguyen, author of The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages

"In Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Politics, LynnFujiwara and Shireen Roshanravan establish a critical framework for understanding Asian American feminisms as a field of scholarly, political inquiry that engages the theory and praxis of women of color feminisms. This exciting, groundbreaking collection should be required reading for scholars of Asian American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies, as well as anyone interested in women of color politics, epistemologies, and coalitions."—Patti Duncan, author of Tell This Silence: Asian American Women and the Politics of Speech

Robyn Magalit Rodriguez

Maps out an Asian American feminist genealogy that is rooted in women of color feminism as well as a framework for what constitutes Asian American feminist theoretical critique.

Lisa Sun-Hee Park

An important assessment of the theoretical and conceptual frameworks within Asian American feminisms that weaves together foundational texts from generations past with contemporary contexts.

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