Taking Time for Feminist Historiography: Remembering Asian/Asian American Institutional and Scholarly Activism

Published in Building a Community, Having a Home: A History of the CCCC Asian/Asian American Caucus, edited by Jennifer Sano-Franchini, Terese Guinsatao Monberg, and K. Hyoejin Yoon, Parlor Press. 

“Taking Time for Feminist Historiography” is the opening chapter of Building a Community, Having a Home. Drawing from research at the NCTE Archives, this chapter documents a history of Asian/Asian American participation in NCTE and CCCC in the 1960s and 70s. The chapter profiles the contributions of Jeffery Paul Chan, Frank Chin, Doris C. Ching, San-su Lin, John Lum, Lawson Inada, and Shizuko Ouchi, and it uses the literature on slow scholarship, feminist historiography, and Monberg’s methodology of recursive spatial movement, to raise questions about the forms of institutional activism, what counts as a meaningful contribution, and institutional visibility as it pertains to race and gender identity.