Studies of global feminism have critiqued the disproportionate power and the misperceptions of white middle-to-upper class women from the “West” in shaping these international alliances. In contrast, this talk examines how “Third World” women, both those from the global South as well as racialized women in the United States, fostered and deployed female internationalism during the “long” decade of the 1960s. In particular, this presentation foregrounds the agency and perspectives of both Asian and Asian American women during the U.S. War in Vietnam.
Judy Tzu-Chun Wu is a Professor of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University. She co-edits Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies and coordinates the OSU Asian American Studies Program. She is the author of Dr. Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: The Life of a Wartime Celebrity (California 2005) and Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Vietnam Era (Cornell 2013). She is working with Gwendolyn Mink on a political biography of Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color congressional representative and the co-sponsor of Title IX.
Co-sponsored by Center for Transpacific Study, History Department and ASE