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Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire

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From the global trade in Asian women workers to the elitism of the white feminist movement, no ground is sacred. These women warrriors don't mince words but speak with fierce conviction and surprising insight.This book showcases the growing politicization of Asian American women and their emerging feminist movement. It will be a vital contribution to women's and Asian Amer ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by South End Press (first published July 1st 1997)
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Jul 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Incredible. Insightful. Inspiring. These are the words I use to describe Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire, the pivotal textbook on the growing politics of Asian American women. Essays embrace wide-ranging issues that include domestic violence, health, exploitation in the global trade, the role of spirituality, and punk-rock culture—all in the light of organizing and activism.

The anthology’s key concern is with the attitude of mainstream feminism whose individualistic and esse
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Linda Le
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
u want to be fierce? then pick up a copy of this book
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Jan 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: feminism, race
Essays from radical Asian American feminists on organizing and activisim. Some particularly interesting stuff on Indian/Indian-American women's collective protest of/resistance to domestic violence as an outgrowth of collective action for Indian independence.
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Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feminism, politics, race
Really interesting anthology of essays from a wide variety of Asian American women. The essays cover a number of topics, but they are nearly all primarily concerned with different forms of political activism, and different ways of engaging women like themselves with feminism. That's really too simplistic a description of the book though, firstly because "Asian American" sounds like a monolithic block, and many of the authors here are at pains to describe their own backgrounds and communities, an ...more
Leah
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Despite having only checked out this book for a research assignment on Asian American feminism, from the very first page, I was captivated by the writing. The different perspectives each of the contributor's offered on the issue were well portrayed. I've never really been drawn to the feminist movements before due to stereotypes of them, but this book opened my eyes to a new realm of possibilities and injustices. For anyone looking for a solid book to use in their research on Asian America, Asia ...more
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