Saturday, January 25, 2020

Week 4_Rosanna Oung_ASA 150E

In Judy Tzu-Chun Wu’s book, Radicals on the Road:International, Orientalism, and Feminism During the Vietnam Era, she highlights the physical journeys of various American activists traveling abroad, which allowed them to actively engage in dialogue and witness conditions of the war.  In addition, chapter 7 focuses on how Southeast Asian female activists join together in a female international solidarity to create an antiwar movement (Wu, 193). Although there were political differences between women in the East and West, Western women looked up to the Southeast Asian women for leadership and inspiration. The political variety ultimately fostered growth in global antiwar movement and strengthened the belief of global sisterhood, which demonstrates how powerful it is for women to come in solidarity to challenge patriarchal issues and fight for liberation.

An example of global sisterhood is the Women’s March in 2017, which was the largest single-day protest in the United States that sought to dismantle systems of oppression. Even today, women are struggling with issues of reproductive, civil, and human rights. Past and present, women have taken initiative to fight for their rights by coming in solidarity, which shows how powerful it is to collectively join together. 

Question: What inspired these Indochinese women to join solidarity with women from the West?

Other sources:
Wu, Tzu-Chun Judy. Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism During the Vietnam Era. 2013.

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