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With workers's campaigns such as AIWA's, new issued-oriented organizations such as the National Women's Health Organizations, and rejuvenated Asian battered women's organizations, a new generation of activists is springing up.
With fewer and fewer class interests to divide them, they are shaping a new movement, one that goes beyond just agitating for our little piece of the ever-shrinking pie.
While many Asian American women are quick to note that women's issues are the same as men's issues -- i.e., social justice, equity, human rights -- history shows that Asian American men have not necessarily felt the same way.
Leftist Asian women in Yellow Power and other Asian American groups often found themselves left out of the decision-making process and their ideas and concerns relegated to "women's auxiliary" groups that were marginal to the larger projects at hand.
White feminists and other liberals advanced this feel-good fantasy with celebrations of Asian American culture and people.
The result was a triple pressure on Asian women to conform to the docile, warm, upwardly mobile stereotype that liberals, conservatives, and their own community members all wanted to promote.
During the early 1900s, Japanese numbered less than 3 percent of the total population in California, but nevertheless encountered virulent and sometimes violent racism.As Asian American scholar Gary Okihiro notes, "Europe's feminization of Asia, its taking possession, working over, and penetration of Asia, was preceded and paralleled by Asian men's subjugation of Asian women." While earnest, hardworking, and vital, these early Asian women radicals couldn't compete with the growing reality that for many Asian American women, there was money to be made. Not surprisingly, large organizations of primarily middle-class East Asian women flourished during these years.The highly educated and affluent Asian immigrants who came to the U. after 1965 were eager to be incorporated into the U. These groups devoted themselves to education and service projects, rather than to directly resisting social injustices.Far from being predatory, many of the first Asian women to come to the U. in the mid-1800s were disadvantaged Chinese women, who were tricked, kidnapped, or smuggled into the country to serve the predominantly male Chinese community as prostitutes.The impression that Asian women were prostitutes, born at that time, "colored the public perception of, attitude toward, and action against all Chinese women for almost a century," writes historian Sucheng Chan.