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.