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Author Yung, Judy.

Title Unbound voices : a documentary history of Chinese women in San Francisco / Judy Yung.

Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1999.


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  305.8951 Y95U    Check Shelf
Description xv, 543 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Lessons from My Mother's Past: Researching Chinese Women's Immigration History -- Chin Lung's Affidavit, May 14, 1892 -- Leong Shee's Testimony, April 18, 1893 -- Leong Shee's Testimony, July 24, 1929 -- Jew Law Ying's Coaching Book -- Jew Law Ying's and Yung Hin Sen's Testimonies, April 2-3, 1941 -- Oral History Interview with Jew Law Ying -- Bound Feet: Chinese Women in the Nineteenth Century -- Images of Women in Chinese Proverbs: "A Woman without Talent Is Virtuous" -- Kwong King You, Sau Saang Gwa: "If I Could Just See Him One More Time" -- A Stain on the Flag / M.G.C. Edholm -- Confession of a Chinese Slave-Dealer: How She Bought Her Girls, Smuggled Them into San Francisco, and Why She Has Just Freed Them / Helen Grey -- The Chinese Woman in America / Sui Seen [Sin] Far -- Worse Than Slaves: Servitude of All Chinese Wives / Louise A. Littleton -- Mary Tape, an Outspoken Woman: "Is It a Disgrace to Be Born a Chinese?" -- Unbound Feet: Chinese Immigrant Women, 1902-1929 -- Sieh King King, China's Joan of Arc: "Men and Women Are Equal and Should Enjoy the Privileges of Equals" -- Madame Mai's Speech: "How Can It Be That They Look upon Us as Animals?" -- No More Footbinding (Anonymous) -- Wong Ah So, Filial Daughter and Prostitute: "The Greatest Virtue in Life Is Reverence to Parents" -- Law Shee Low, Model Wife and Mother: "We Were All Good Women--Stayed Home and Sewed" -- Jane Kwong Lee, Community Worker: "Devoting My Best to What Needed to Be Done" -- The Purpose of the Chinese Women's Jeleab Association / Liu Yilan.
Summary Unbound Voices brings together the voices of Chinese American women in a fascinating, intimate collection of documents--letters, essays, poems, autobiographies, speeches, testimonials, and oral histories--detailing half a century of their lives in America. Together, these sources provide a captivating mosaic of Chinese women's experiences in their own words, as they tell of making a home for themselves and their families in San Francisco from the Gold Rush years through World War II.
The personal nature of these documents makes for compelling reading. We hear the voices of prostitutes and domestic slavegirls, immigrant wives of merchants, Christians and pagans, homemakers, and social activists alike. We read the stories of daughters who confronted cultural conflicts and racial discrimination; the myriad ways women coped with the Great Depression; and personal contributions to the causes of women's emancipation, Chinese nationalism, workers' rights, and World War II. The symphony of voices presented here lends immediacy and authenticity to our understanding of the Chinese American women's lives.
This rich collection of women's stories also serves to demonstrate collective change over time as well as to highlight individual struggles for survival and advancement in both private and public spheres. An educational tool on researching and reclaiming women's history, Unbound Voices offers us a valuable lesson on how one group of women overcame the legacy of bound feet and bound lives in America. The selections are accompanied by photographs, with extensive introductions and annotation by Judy Yung, a noted authority on primary resources relating to the history of Chinese American women.
Subject Chinese American women -- California -- San Francisco -- History -- Sources.
Chinese American women -- California -- San Francisco -- Social conditions -- Sources.
Women immigrants -- California -- San Francisco -- History -- Sources.
Chinese American women -- California -- San Francisco -- Biography.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Social conditions -- Sources.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Ethnic relations -- Sources.
Chinese American women. (OCoLC)fst00857242
Chinese American women -- Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst00857246
Ethnic relations. (OCoLC)fst00916005
Social conditions (OCoLC)fst01919811
Women immigrants. (OCoLC)fst01177764
California -- San Francisco. (OCoLC)fst01204481
Chinese American women -- California -- San Francisco -- History.
Chinese American women -- California -- San Francisco -- Social conditions.
Chinese -- California -- San Francisco.
United States, California, San Francisco, San Francisco -- Minorities.
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Sources. (OCoLC)fst01423900
Other Form: Online version: Yung, Judy. Unbound voices. Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1999 (OCoLC)657310440
ISBN 0520208706 (alk. paper)
9780520208704 (alk. paper)
0520218604 (alk. paper)
9780520218604 (alk. paper)
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