Asia Intersectionality Theory

Changing Lives: Life Stories of Asian Pioneers in Women’s Studies

Changing Lives: Life Stories of
Asian Pioneers in Women’s Studies
The Committee on
Women’s Studies in Asia
The Feminist Press1995

Thirteen women’s studies pioneers from Pakistan, Philippines, China, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and Singapore narrate their individual passages into feminist consciousness, and the monumental effect of women’s studies on their private and professional lives. Each woman’s personal odyssey moves against the backdrop of her country’s social and political systems, as well as through her family life.

An essential document, Changing Lives records the entry of women’s studies into the social policies of Asian development and maps the course of academic feminism as a catalyst for historical change in China, Japan, Southeast Asia, and India. The essays address Third World feminist practice at its most passionate and committed.

Shirley Geok-lin Lim, coeditor of The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women’s Anthology

The stories in Changing Lives vividly illustrate that engaging in women’s studies often requires considerable courage, involving both personal and intellectual transformation. The strength of feminist ideas around the globe emerges from this book and offers the reader an engaging way to better understand and draw inspiration from the creativity and resilience of these diverse Asian women.

Charlotte Bunch, director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University

Table of Contents

Foreword / Florence Howe
Introduction / Malavika Karlekar and Barbara Lazarus
Feminism and Women’s Studies / Aline K. Wong
Triumphs and Travails: Women’s Studies in the Academy / Aurora Javate de Dios
To Grow with Women’s Studies / Cho Hyoung
Promoting Women’s Development / Fanny M. Cheung
A Feminist Activist / Fareeha Zafar
A Decade in Women’s Studies: 1979-1989 / Konta Intan Damanik
My Path to Womanhood / Li Xiaojiang
A Serious Mission / Liang Jun
A Fieldworker in Women’s Studies / Malavika Karlekar
Women’s Studies: A Struggle for a Better Life / Noemi Alindogan-Medina
A Personal Essay / Nora Lan-hung Chiang (Huang)
Passage to Womanhood and Feminism: Bridge over Troubled Water / Thanh-Dam Truong
An Exploratory Journey / Yasuko Muramatsu