Afro-Asian Solidarity through Time and Space

Roads Taken and Not Taken

Authored by: Yuichiro Onishi

The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415738255
eBook ISBN: 9781315817514
Adobe ISBN: 9781317813927

10.4324/9781315817514.ch24

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Abstract

When Grace Lee Boggs, an American born Chinese, was in her mid-twenties, she found herself being sucked into the vortex of the Black freedom struggle that ultimately changed her outlook on life and social change. She had just earned her doctorate in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania in June 1940. But the door of opportunity was tightly shut; the combination of racial and gender discrimination made it virtually impossible for her to secure an academic position as a professor of philosophy. Undeterred, she started to get involved in grassroots political activism.

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