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By Shirley Jennifer Lim

ISBN-10: 0814751946

ISBN-13: 9780814751947

When we think the actions of Asian American ladies within the mid-twentieth century, our first suggestions aren't of snowboarding, attractiveness pageants, journal analyzing, and sororities. but, Shirley Jennifer Lim argues, those are exactly the varieties of relaxation practices many moment iteration chinese language, Filipina, and jap American girls engaged in in this time.

In A Feeling of Belonging, Lim highlights the cultural actions of younger, predominantly single Asian American ladies from 1930 to 1960. this era marks a vital generation—the first during which American-born Asians shaped a severe mass and started to make their presence felt within the usa. even though they have been extraordinary from past generations through their American citizenship, it used to be purely via those possible mundane ''American'' actions that they have been capable of conquer two-dimensional stereotypes of themselves as kimono-clad ''Orientals.''

Lim lines the varied ways that those younger women sought declare to cultural citizenship, exploring such themes because the nation's first Asian American sorority, Chi Alpha Delta; the cultural paintings of chinese language American actress Anna may possibly Wong; Asian American formative years tradition and wonder pageants; and the success of status of 3 foreign-born Asian girls within the past due Nineteen Fifties. via donning poodle skirts, going to the seashore, and generating magazines, she argues, they asserted not only their American-ness, yet their humanity: a sense of belonging.

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The women of Chi Alpha Delta practiced cultural citizenship’s critical “feeling of belonging” invoked by Mabel Ota by disrupting the most sacred tenet of sorority elitism: exclusive membership. From founding to 1960, Chi Alpha Delta’s membership policies radically differed from European American sororities because they extended “open” membership. 49 Unlike most WASP sororities and upper-tier Jewish American ones such as Alpha Epsilon Phi and Sigma Delta Tau, Chi Alpha Delta prided itself on not rejecting potential members.

Dating has been a way that American-born women broke with their immigrant parents’ customs. ”103 Hence a sorority like Chi Alpha Delta would equip its members with the tools to make individual dating choices by providing the “lessons” on suitable locations for dates, what to wear on any particular occasion, as well as the means to meet future dates. These lessons were especially useful because the women’s Issei mothers had had arranged marriages and usually could not impart dating expertise. Older sorors were mentors who guided their mentees through the dating process and arranged blind dates for those without boyfriends.

Only the women with the highest rankings would be issued Panhellenic-supervised bids inviting them to join the house. The sororities had their own pecking order, with the most desirable inviting the highest-status women,  | “A Feeling of Belonging”: Chi Alpha Delta thus reinforcing elite societal structures. In addition, alumnae legacies were given preferential treatment. Not surprisingly, the mainly non-Greek UCLA campus did not idolize “exclusive” sororities. 50 Features and letters to the editor in campus publications such as the Daily Bruin and The Claw indicated that many had misgivings about the selection process for sorority rush.

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