Labor, laws, and love. Yen Le Espiritu explores how racist and gendered labor conditions and immigration laws have affected relations between and among Asian American women and men. Asian American Men and Women documents how the historical and contemporary oppression of Asians in the United States has (re)structured the balance of power between Asian American women and men and shaped their struggles to create and maintain social institutions and systems of meaning. Espiritu emphasizes how race, gender, and class, as categories of difference, do not parallel but instead intersect and confirm one other.
Yen Le Espiritu, is professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego, has written on ethnicity, immigration and race relations. Originally from Vietnam, she is the author of Asian American Panethnicity: Bridging Institutions and Identities and Filipino American Lives.
Chapter 1 Chapter One: Labor, Laws, and Love Chapter 2 Chapter Two: Stretching Gender, Family, and Community Boundaries, 1840s-1930s Chapter 3 Chapter Three: Changing Lives World War II and the Postwar Years Chapter 4 Chapter Four: Contemporary Asian America Immigration, Increasing Diversity, and Changing Resources Chapter 5 Chapter Five: Ideological Racism and Cultural Resistance Constructing Our Own Images Chapter 6 Chapter Six: Beyond Dualisms Constructing an Imagined Community