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Our Voices, Our Histories: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women

Our Voices, Our Histories: Asian American and Pacific Islander Women


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An innovative anthology showcasing Asian American and Pacific Islander women’s histories

Our Voices, Our Histories brings together thirty-five Asian American and Pacific Islander authors in a single volume to explore the historical experiences, perspectives, and actions of Asian American and Pacific Islander women in the United States and beyond.

This volume is unique in exploring Asian American and Pacific Islander women’s lives along local, transnational, and global dimensions. The contributions present new research on diverse aspects of Asian American and Pacific Islander women’s history, from the politics of language, to the role of food, to experiences as adoptees, mixed race, and second generation, while acknowledging shared experiences as women of color in the United States.

Our Voices, Our Histories showcases how new approaches in US history, Asian American and Pacific Islander studies, and Women’s and Gender studies inform research on Asian American and Pacific Islander women. Attending to the collective voices of the women themselves, the volume seeks to transform current understandings of Asian American and Pacific Islander women’s histories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479877010
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Pages: 520
Sales rank: 684,328
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Shirley Hune is Professor Emerita of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington and Professor Emerita of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Gail M. Nomura is Associate Professor Emerita of American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington. Her publications include co-editor of Asian/ Pacific Islander American Women: A Historical Anthology (NYU Press, 2003) and Nikkei in the Pacific Northwest: Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians in the Twentieth Century (University of Washington Press, 2005). She is a founding member and past president of the Association for Asian American Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Our Voices Gail M. Nomura 1

Introduction: Our Histories Shirley Hune 8

Part I Early Era, Indigenous and Global Roots 17

1 Malamalama: Reconnecting as Native Hawaiian Women through Cultural History Davianna Pomaika'i McGregor 19

2 Global Roots and Gendered Routes: Early Asian American Women's History Erika Lee 37

3 Two Sisters, Two Stories: Transnational Lives of Ume Tsuda and Yona Abiko Masako Iino 53

Part II New Intersections of Race, Gender, Generation, Communities 69

4 "Up to My Elbows in Rice!": Women Building Communities and Sustaining Families in Pre-1965 Filipina/o America Dawn Bohulano Mabalon 71

5 Stretching the Boundaries of Christian Respectability, Race, and Gender during Jim Crow: Chinese American Women and the Southern Baptist Church Phonshia Nie 87

6 Stepping Onstage and Breaking Ground: Asian American Dancers Complicate Race and Gender Stereotypes, 1930s-1960s Mana Hayakawa 106

Part III New Cultural Formations, New Selves 123

7 "She Speaks Well": Language as Performance of Japanese American Femininity and Social Mobility in Postwar Hawai'i Christine R. Yano 125

8 History, Identity, and the Life Course: Mixed Race Asian American Women Cathy J. Tashiro 140

9 Ancestral Ethics and Samoanness: Explaining the Contemporary Samoan American Women M. Luafata Simanu-Klutz 155

Part IV Wartimes and Aftermath 171

10 Memories of Mass Incarceration: Mobilizing Japanese American Women for Redress and Beyond Alice Yang 173

11 Refugee Lifemaking Practices: Southeast Asian Women Yen Lê Espiritu 189

12 "Defiant Daughters": The Resilience and Resistance of 1.5-Generation Vietnamese American Women Linda Trinh Vo 205

Part V Globalization, Work, Family, Community, Activism 221

13 Precarious Labor: Asian Immigrant Women, 1970s-2010s Krittiya Kantachote Rhacel Salazar Parreñas 223

14 The Backbone of New York City's Chinatown: Chinese Women and the Garment Industry, 1950-2009 Margaret M. Chin 238

15 Women's Agency and Cost in Migration: Taiwanese American Transnational Families Maria W. L. Chee 254

16 "Revolutionary Care" as Activism: Filipina Nurses and Care Workers in Chicago, 1965-2016 Joy Sales 269

Part VI Spaces of Political Struggles 285

17 The Mother's Tongue: Language, Women, and the Chamorros of Guam Sharleen Santos-Bamba Anne Perez Hattori 287

18 Asian American Feminisms and Legislative Activism: Patsy Takemoto Mink in the US Congress Judy Tzu-Chun Wu 304

19 Opening the Path to Marriage Equality: Asian American Lesbians Reach Out to Their Families and Communities Trinity A. Ordona 321

20 Turning Points: South Asian Feminist Responses to Gender-Based Violence and Immigration Enforcement Monisha Das Gupta Soniya Munshi 338

Part VII New Diasporas, Diverse Lives, Evolving Identities 355

21 Locating Adoptees in Asian America: Jane Jeong Trenka and Deann Borshay Liem Kimberly D. McKee 357

22 "Let Them Attack Me for Wearing the Hijab": Islam and Identity in the Lives of Bangladeshi American Women Nazli Kibria 373

23 Navigating the Hyphen: Tongan-American Women in Academia Halaevalu F. Ofahengaue Vakalahi Ofa Ku'ulei Lanimekealoha Hafoka 388

Part VIII Gender, Cultural Change, Intergenerational Dynamics 405

24 Linked Lives: Korean American Daughters and Their Aging Immigrant Parents Barbara W. Kim Grace J. Yoo 407

25 Negotiating Cultural Change: Professional Hmong American Women Chia Youyee Vang 423

26 Stories and Visions across Generations: Khmer American Women Shirley Suet-Ling Tang Kim Soun Ty Linda Thiem 439

Reflections Shirley Hune Gail M. Nomura 457

Acknowledgments 465

About the Contributors 467

Index 475