Asian American Feminisms and Women of Color Feminisms: Radicalism, Liberalism, and Invisibility

Lecture Description

This talk examines the historical formation of Asian American feminisms in the late 1960s and 1970s. It explores the role that Asian American women as well as Asian women played in fostering a radical women of color critique of U.S. capitalism, patriarchy, and empire. This emergence of Asian/American and women of color feminism occurred in the context of the racial liberation movements in the U.S. as well as global decolonization movements during the post-World War II era. In addition, the talk also will analyze Asian American women’s involvement in liberal feminism. Although scholars have debated the liberal/radical divide in understanding feminism, Wu uses the descriptor of liberalism to consider Asian American women’s involvement in gaining equal access and equal opportunity within U.S. society. The talk conclude by considering the relationship between these radical and liberal strands of Asian American feminisms and also analyze why Asian American feminisms are often overlooked in the historical and contemporary understandings of U.S. feminism.

CATEGORIES

Asian American Women's Rights, Activism, and Suffrage

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