Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices Edited by Patti Duncan and Gina Wong
In Mothering in East Asian Communities, Duncan and Wong seamlessly rupture a homogenous identity category—that of the “tiger mom.” The editors invoke the works of diverse contributors who critically challenge essentialized identity categories and racialized and sexualized experiences of women of color within the institution of motherhood and practices of mothering. Here, the edited volume grapples with globalization, transnationalism, and capitalism with an East Asian ethno-racial-cultural context. Duncan and Wong offer a personal and political analysis of motherhood that is socially and culturally constructed, shaped by race, class, culture, sexuality, and other social categories.
—Roksana Badruddoja, Ph.D., M.B.A., Advanced Assistant Professor of Sociology & Coordinator of Women’s and Gender Studies, Manhattan College, New York
Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices is a solid addition to the fields of Motherhood Studies, Asian Studies, and Women’s Studies. By critically examining a myriad of issues, such as gender, class, nation, migration, adoption, and mothering, Patti Duncan and Gina Wong expose insightful frameworks and essentially “roar back” at the ideology of the “Tiger Mother.”
—Dorsía Smith Silva, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
Patti Duncan is associate professor and Coordinator of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University where she specializes in transnational feminisms, women of color feminisms, and feminist media studies.
Gina Wong is a Registered Psychologist and associate professor in the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada. Gina has a program of research focused on maternal mental health and wellness.
disclosure: I am getting a complementary membership to MIRCI and subscription to the journal in return for posting these updates. It is, however, something I would have agreed to do for free because I think their work is so wonderful.