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Asian Women

Asian Women

Chang, Lily; Fong, Suzin; Gee, Emma; Gong, Diana; Jung, Barbara; Jung, Betty; Lee, Grace; Louie, Gayle; quan, Jeanne; Shimamoto, Gail; Takemoto, Cindy; Umemoto, Ann; Yee, Carolyn Third Printing. Paperback. 11" X 8 1/2". 144pp. Pictorial wraps show moderate wear, with previous owner's name to upper wrap, small tear to head of spine, light dust soiling, dampstain to rear wrap, and edgewear. Front hinge starting to separate, with first page just starting to separate at bottom edge of gutter. Text block otherwise sound. Pages clean and unmarked. An admittedly worn but complete 1975 printing of this publication of the Asian Women's Journal out of the University of California at Berkeley, with assistance from the Asian American Studies Center at the University of California at Los Angeles. From "Introduction: This Isn't One of Those Blondes You Can Pick Up in the Supermarket": "Our efforts are not meant to be a manifesto nor an apocalyptic statement. There are no instant answers to Asian identity or women's liberation. This is not the answer only the beginning." (pg. 4). Emerging out of an Asian Studies Seminar at UC Berkely in 1970, twelve Asian-American women gathered to further discuss their double marginization as women and as people of Asian descent, and the Asian Women's Journal was born. The group having solicited writings from Asian-American women's groups all over the country, Asian Women reveals the breadth of interests and concerns of Asian-American women in the early 1970s, evident in such articles as "Issei: The First Women" and "The People's Artist: Mitsu Yashima" in the section "Herstory," "Sex and Taoism" and "Life in a Fellini Flick" in the section "Reflections," "Arab Women's Liberation" and "GI's and Racism" in the section "Third World Woman," and "Birth Control as Genocide" and "Congresswoman Patsy Takemoto Mink" in the section "Politics of Womanhood." Illustrated throughout, including several photographs by Nikki Arai.