Ever since western feminist scholarship was accused of defining gender in transhistorical and transcultural ways, there have been attempts to add the category, `woman of colour’, in feminist enterprises that rang e from the academic to the administrative. Such toke n gestures inevitably re-inscribe the problem by glossing over distinctive material histories and the particularity of women’s experiences and struggles. For those of us who refuse such additive, tokenist approaches, A Patchwork Shawl edited by Shamita Das Dasgupta is a welcome contribution. Written by South Asian immigrant and first generation women, A Patchwork Shawlis, to us e Dasgupta’s words, `a collection of stories: the stories of women’s lives ’ (p. 1) and each narrative provides a specic and vivid perspective on the South Asian gendered, immigrant experience.
Ram, A. (2000). Review of the book A patchwork shawl: Chronicles of South Asian women in America. National Identity, 2, 98-100.