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date: 18 May 2021

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This article analyzes how scholarship on Asian American women, gender, and sexuality has transformed the histories of Asian America. First, it outlines the evolution of Asian American women’s history as an activist and pedagogical endeavor in the 1970s into a professionalized academic field. Second, it identifies two generational cohorts of historical and interdisciplinary scholars since the 1980s. The first cohort utilized intersectional analysis and social history to center Asian American women’s lives and voices. Their scholarship inspired a second cohort who engaged in historical deconstruction informed by transnationalism and cultural, gender, and sexuality studies. Finally, the article examines how women’s histories alter fundamental paradigms in Asian America by focusing on four themes: immigration and citizenship; labor and class; family and community formation; and feminism and activism. The authors conclude with future possibilities for the field, calling for more comparative analysis, post-1965 histories, and continued deconstruction of masculinist and heteronormative narratives.

Keywords: Asian American women, citizenship, labor, class, family, transnationalism, feminism, gender, sexuality, intersectionality

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