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Labor, laws, and love. Yen Le Espiritu explores how racist and gendered labor conditions and immigration laws have affected relations between and among Asian American women and men. Asian American Men and Women documents how the historical and contemporary oppression of Asians in the United States has (re)structured the balance of power between Asian American women and men and shaped their struggles to create and maintain social institutions and systems of meaning. Espiritu emphasizes how race, gender, and class, as categories of difference, do not parallel but instead intersect and confirm one other.

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Espiritu examines the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian American women and men—with each other and with the dominant white society—from a gendered perspective. Locating gender in its intersection with race and class, this is one of the few works in ethnic studies or women's/gender studies that actually discusses the matrix of race/gender/class structures of oppression within a specific racial-ethnic community, i.e., Asian Americans, one that is also largely an immigrant community. Espiritu lends support to charges by women of color that traditional feminist theory falsely universalizes the category of 'women,' and overlooks the positions that white men and white women occupy over men of color. She also admits that this work does not disrupt the 'male-centered' framework of Asian American studies. The historical oppression of Asian Americans is explored along material and cultural lines, e.g., the formal and informal labor markets, including prostitution; family and small businesses; Japanese American internment; marriage and family; refugee resettlement; racist stereotyping. Theoretically, Espiritu advances the concept of 'racialized patriarchy.' She concludes with a call to create an 'imagined community' of cross-gender, cross-cultural, and cross-class coalitions bound together by the common struggle against all pervasive forms of structured domination.
— Evelyn Hu-DeHart, University of Colorado, Boulder
A sociological perspective of the relationships between Asian American men and women presenting a gendered analysis of class, race, ethnicity, and immigration that moves beyond "assimilation" as the predominant model. Espiritu (ethnic studies, U. of California) describes immigration and labor policies and conditions from the 1840s through today, demonstrating how subordinate power relations in a patriarchy contributed to changes in gender and cultural traditions for both men and women, as well as framing contemporary questions of dualism and cultural resistance. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742560611
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: Gender Lens Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Yen Le Espiritu, is professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego, has written on ethnicity, immigration and race relations. Originally from Vietnam, she is the author of Asian American Panethnicity: Bridging Institutions and Identities and Filipino American Lives.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Chapter One: Labor, Laws, and Love Chapter 2 Chapter Two: Stretching Gender, Family, and Community Boundaries, 1840s-1930s Chapter 3 Chapter Three: Changing Lives World War II and the Postwar Years Chapter 4 Chapter Four: Contemporary Asian America Immigration, Increasing Diversity, and Changing Resources Chapter 5 Chapter Five: Ideological Racism and Cultural Resistance Constructing Our Own Images Chapter 6 Chapter Six: Beyond Dualisms Constructing an Imagined Community

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