Radical Women of Color

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An important entry from This Bridge Called My Back is from Chapter 1, pages 5-6) relates to the collection’s other essays because the book centers experiences of women in color and emphasizes points that is intersectionality with multiple different identities and challenging other feminists to make solid claims on their solidarity as uniting as a sisterhood.

A quote that represent the essay or poem is “When I was growing up, I hungered / for American food, American styles, / coded: white and even to be, a child / born of Chinese, being Chinese / was feeling foreign, was limiting, / was unAmerican.” This quote means it points out the equivalence that was created in mainstream white American culture that to be American meant to be white, and how this was internalized by not only immigrant communities, but for generations on.

It’s also meaningful because it responses to the white, middle-class, women’s movement of the era, and adding to women and women who are queer.