Passive Asian Female: Myth and Migration
being carried out at the University of Leicester defies the stereotype of the
‘passive Asian female’ and has also countered traditional mainstream views
on Asian migration.
study by Joanna Herbert of the University of Leicester’s Centre for Urban
History is based on first hand accounts by Asian people living in Leicester.
will present some of her findings at a seminar on May 9 held at the Centre for
Urban History. Her presentation is entitled: Gender and Migration:
Narratives of 'Asians' Living in Leicester.
Herbert said: “The aim of my thesis has been to investigate the effect of
waves of 'Asian' migration on both the White and ‘Asian’ communities in
Leicester. A significant part of this research has involved exploring the
perceptions and attitudes of 'Asians' who migrated to Leicester in the second
half of the twentieth century, including their experiences and responses to
highlight the internal differences and dynamics within the 'Asian' communities
and this paper will focus on one of the most salient dimensions: the gendered
nature of experiences.
many women, racism was not the defining problem, instead isolation and a lack of
social life was their main concern.
these women consistently developed new found strategies to overcome and
creatively circumvent constraints. Research
is based on existing oral history archives and recent life course interviews
with 'Asians' from diverse backgrounds and overall stories portray the strength,
resourcefulness and determination demonstrated by ‘Asian’ women in coping
not only serves to defy the stereotype of the passive 'Asian' female but also
counters traditional mainstream literature on migration, which has tended to
present a homogenised male perspective.”
more information, please contact Kate Crispin, Secretary, The Centre for Urban
History, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2378 email email@example.com
information on the Centre for Urban History website:
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