By Shirley Jennifer Lim

ISBN-10: 0814751938

ISBN-13: 9780814751930

ISBN-10: 0814751946

ISBN-13: 9780814751947

When we think the actions of Asian American ladies within the mid-twentieth century, our first options aren't of snowboarding, attractiveness pageants, journal studying, and sororities. but, Shirley Jennifer Lim argues, those are exactly the types of rest practices many moment iteration chinese language, Filipina, and jap American ladies engaged in in this time.

In A Feeling of Belonging, Lim highlights the cultural actions of younger, predominantly single Asian American girls from 1930 to 1960. this era marks an important generation—the first within which American-born Asians shaped a serious mass and started to make their presence felt within the usa. although they have been extraordinary from prior generations by way of their American citizenship, it used to be basically via those doubtless mundane “American”activities that they have been in a position to conquer two-dimensional stereotypes of themselves as kimono-clad “Orientals.”

Lim strains the various ways that those younger women sought declare to cultural citizenship, exploring such subject matters because the nation's first Asian American sorority, Chi Alpha Delta; the cultural paintings of chinese language American actress Anna may possibly Wong; Asian American early life tradition and sweetness pageants; and the fulfillment of status of 3 foreign-born Asian ladies within the overdue Fifties. by means of donning poodle skirts, going to the seashore, and generating magazines, she argues, they asserted not only their American-ness, yet their humanity: a sense of belonging.

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