A Feeling of Belonging: Asian American Women's Public Culture, 1930-1960

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Dezember 2005



Highlighting the cultural activities of young, predominantly unmarried Asian American women from 1930 to 1960, this book traces the diverse ways in which these young women sought claim to cultural citizenship, exploring such topics as the nation's first Asian American sorority, Chi Alpha Delta; and Asian American youth culture and beauty pageants.


Shirley Jennifer Lim is assistant professor of history at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


Offering imaginative interpretations, Lims work brings to the fore the everyday acts Asian American women used to claim cultural citizenship, and it paves way for more cultural histories of Asian Americans informed by gender and race, as well as by class and sexuality, as categories of analysis. --The Journal of American History "A Feeling of Belonging yields fresh insights into Asian American women's participation in U.S. popular culture. Drawing on a rich array of sources, Shirley Lim illuminates young women's efforts to claim citizenship and gain access to social and economic opportunities, whether in the 1930s film industry or ethnic beauty pageants of the Cold War era. Her study highlights both the emergence of Asian American women as significant symbolic representatives of their communities and the complexities they faced in fulfilling this role." --Valerie Matsumoto, UCLA "A Feeling of Belonging breaks new ground in examining the cultural practices of Asian American women in U.S. popular culture. By uncovering their activities in sororities, the movies, beauty contests and magazines, it considers how these women negotiated places for themselves as ethnic Americans in an era dominated by race and Cold War politics. In the process, it expands the study of race, gender, culture, and citizenship." --Shirley Hune, editor of Asian/Pacific Islander American Women: A Historical Anthology
EAN: 9780814751947
ISBN: 0814751946
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2005
Seitenanzahl: 241 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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