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Trans-Pacific Japanese American StudiesConversations on Race and Racializations$
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Yasuko Takezawa and Gary Y. Okihiro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847586

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847586.001.0001

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Sansei Women and the Gendering of Yellow Power in Southern California, 1960s–1970s

Sansei Women and the Gendering of Yellow Power in Southern California, 1960s–1970s

(p.183) Chapter 8 Sansei Women and the Gendering of Yellow Power in Southern California, 1960s–1970s
Trans-Pacific Japanese American Studies

Valerie J. Matsumoto

University of Hawai'i Press

In the 1960s and 1970s, third-generation Japanese American (Sansei) women in southern California began to challenge gendered racializations in both the ethnic community and the larger society. As activists in the Asian American movement, they criticized stereotypical images of Asian/Americans, using the arts to create new representations, as they drew inspiration from Asian women engaged in revolutionary struggle. They also organized women’s groups to address community issues such as childcare access, seniors’ health, drug abuse, and workers’ rights. Sansei women not only assessed their position in U.S. society but also debated their relationship to Japan. Their experiences show the persisting significance of gender in the racialization of Japanese Americans as well as the ways in which women’s critique of gender expectations helped to shape the Asian American movement.

Keywords:   Japanese American, Sansei, women, Gidra, Asian American movement, gender, stereotype, women’s liberation, Asian Women’s Center, yellow power

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