Rethinking Feminist Ideals:
The Voices of Asian American Women

by Sung Ha Suh

[December 3, 2004]

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The study of Asian-American women's experience is in a relatively nascent stage despite both an established base of feminist thought centered on Asian-American women and current efforts by young Asian-American women to achieve standing as individuals and as members of a unique gender and racially-based minority in the U.S.

This lecture will discuss how Asian-American women navigate through issues of race, gender, and class in mainstream society, and deal with universal themes of family, sexuality, motherhood, marriage, and career upon recognizing that their lives can no longer be guided purely by traditions and experiences embodied in their Eastern heritages. A comparative analysis of the commonalities and differences marking the lives of Asian-American women, their Asian contemporaries, mainstream feminism and other female minority groups will provide the contextual framework for addressing complex questions about the very definition of feminism, and who should be responsible for defining the scope of feminism's issues.






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