Asian American Women and Men: Labor, Laws, and Love / Edition 1

Asian American Women and Men: Labor, Laws, and Love / Edition 1

by Yen Le Espiritu, Yen Le Espiritu
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0803972555

ISBN-13: 9780803972551

Pub. Date: 01/01/1996

Publisher: AltaMira Press

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

Overview

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 another.

About the Author:
Yen Le Espiritu, professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803972551
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Series:
Gender Lens Series, #1
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents


Series Editors' Introduction     vii
Preface to the Second Edition     xiii
Labor, Laws, and Love     1
Sociology and Asian American Studies     1
Theorizing Race, Gender, and Class     4
Asian Americans: Their Material and Cultural Lives     8
Getting There From Here: Goals, Scope, and Methodology     15
Stretching Gender, Family, and Community Boundaries, 1840s-1930s     19
Labor Recruitment, Exclusion Laws, and the Shortage of Women     20
Stretching the Boundaries of Family     25
Work and Changing Gender Relations     34
Conclusion     47
Changing Lives: World War II and the Postwar Years     49
Changing Power Relations: The Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans     50
Improved Lives: Chinese, Korean, Filipino, and Indian Americans     57
Asian Americans and Postwar America: The Emerging Middle Class     60
New Arrivals: The "Separated" Wives, War Brides, and Refugees     63
Conclusion     69
Contemporary Asian America: Immigration, Increasing Diversity, and Changing Resources     71
Immigration Laws, Labor Needs, and Changing Gender Composition     73
Economic Diversity Among Contemporary Asian Immigrants     74
Gender Relations Among Salaried Professionals     78
Gender Relations Among Self-Employed Entrepreneurs     82
Gender Relations Among Wage Laborers     87
Conclusion     94
Ideological Racism and Cultural Resistance: Constructing Our Own Images     97
Yellow Peril, Charlie Chan, and Suzie Wong     99
Cultural Resistance: Reconstructing Our Own Images     111
Controlling Images, Gender, and Cultural Nationalism     117
Conclusion     121
Beyond Dualisms: Constructing an Imagined Community     123
Yellow as Neither Black nor White     124
Asians as Neither Man nor Woman     126
Race or Gender or Class     129
Beyond Dualisms: Constructing an "Imagined Community"     131
Works Cited     137
Index     167
About the Author     175

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