First pages of Asian Women (1971), a journal produced by students at UC Berkeley, with articles and art submitted by Asian women across the country.
Most of the compilers met in Asian Studies 170, a winter 1971 proseminar designed to discuss the history and roles of Asian women. Confronted with sexism in the Asian movement, and finding that “the white middle-class woman’s liberation movement” was not relevant to their lives, many Asian American women activists in colleges found the need to create venues for their experiences and opinions.
I’ve joined on as an admin at sampaguitagirl aka Maria’s Asian American Activism tumblr! I’m currently doing my Ethnic Studies honors thesis on women in the 1960s/70s Asian American Movement (then known as the Asian Movement), and will be uploading all kindsa primary source goodies and quotes as I go. Check it out!
Cool new initiative by my beloved Hyphen Magazine! They’ll send you some awesome Asian American literature every month via email if you subscribe.
If white American feminist theory need not deal with the differences between us, and the resulting difference in our oppressions, then how do you deal with the fact that the women who clean your houses and tend your children while you attend conferences on feminist theory are, for the most part, poor women and women of Color?
What is the theory behind racist feminism?"
Wtf this library is so nice Bay Area POC doing big things in such a yt devil area ;-;
On display at San Francisco Public Library, 3rd Floor (100 Larkin Street)
Inspired by images in the book Filipinos in San Francisco and from the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection, Artists Wilfred Galila and Peggy Peralta,with assistance from Cece Carpio, have taken a series of photographs and video images of the contemporary Pilipino community—both in posed and casual settings—to create a media project that explores changing expressions of Pilipino cultural identity over time. By juxtaposing images of “then and now,” we contextualize the Pilipino American narrative and examine perceptions of what/who is Pilipino.
Want to know how you can help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan?
Today Club Filipina held a great, significant and timely lecture about “Tracking Super Typhoon Haiyan,” which questioned U.S. coverage of the recent disaster, humanitarian aid and Philippine politics.
Many of us do not know how we can help and where we should direct our relief efforts. Wellesley Professors Alex Orquiza (American Studies) and Maria Deulce Natividad (Women’s & Gender Studies) identified four trustworthy groups which you donate towards.
Film Title: “API Hair & Queerness” by Sally Tran (full version)
So two summers ago, I independently worked on a short documentary on how hair plays a role within shaping our identities and explore what are the factors that render them.
Before I began this project, my hair was at the length of my hips. People have told me that during this time, i looked and presented more “straight” and “femme” and that “I was too pretty to be gay.”
Beauty privilege? Passing privilege? Asian privilege?
Every time anyone told me, “Oh you look so fucking pretty because of your hair,” i began to believe that my beauty could only exist because of my long silky black hair.
I felt vulnerable, I felt restricted, i felt conforming. That this piece of hair that was dangling side to side from my scalp is what defined my beauty.
Within queer spaces, i felt as if there were levels of “queer authenticity” that I had to pass in order to be taken seriously. I felt that I wasn’t “queer enough” because I had long hair, and because i had passing privilege, I felt a lot of femmephobia and the pressure to do this DYKE INITIATION and finally cut my hair which is one of the reasons how this project came about.
I wanted to document the experience of individuals within the queer and Asian womyn/trans community throughout California and explore how gender presentation plays a big role in shaping our different, unique, and intersectional identities.
**note this is my first ever film, so theres several glitches in there so be gentle… and i luhh you**
Both screenings in PNE ATRIUM:
Divided We Fall on Nov. 11, from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Children of Invention on Nov. 13, from 5pm-6:45pm
DINNER PROVIDED AT BOTH SCREENINGS!
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Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath
When a turbaned Sikh man is brutally murdered in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, a college student journeys across America to discover who counts as “one of us” in a world divided into “us” and “them.” Armed with only a camera, Valarie Kaur encounters hundreds of stories never before told - stories of fear and unspeakable loss, but also of resilience and hope - until she finally finds the heart of America, halfway around the world, in the words of a widow. Weaving expert analysis into a personal journey and cross-country road trip, the film confronts the forces dividing a nation.
Children of Invention
After being evicted from their home, the Cheng family finds that times are tighter than ever. Hardworking single mom and recent Boston transplant Elaine tries desperately to find the means to support her young children, Raymond and Tina. They squat in a model apartment in an unfinished building, but try to maintain a normal life. Elaine juggles a number of jobs, including working for a questionable pyramid scheme. Meanwhile, Raymond and Tina become latch—key kids and find amusement in building childish inventions. When Elaine doesn’t return home one night, things take a turn for the worse. Nobody knows the kids are home alone, and they are left to fend for themselves. As the days pass, Raymond realizes he needs to come up with a plan to take care of his little sister. Based on Tze Chun’s own award—winning short film, WINDOWBREAKER, which screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, CHILDREN OF INVENTION is a drama about the influence of an adult world on children, the immigrant mentality, and shortcuts to the American dream.
WAA, KSA, and Spectrum present:
Co-sponsored by the American Studies, WGST, and EALL Departments.