Changing Lives

Changing Lives


Edited by Committee on Women's Studies in Asia
Life Stories of Asian Pioneers in Women's Studies

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Paperback Edition
Publication Date: 06-01-1995

Foreword by Florence Howe
Introduction by Barbara Lazarus & Malavika Karlekar

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