This paper provides a summary to the research I conducted which seeks to understand the ways in which second generation Brown Canadian women come to identify as activists. It is often understood that second generation Brown women are caught between East and West and that they develop their identities largely through negotiating two conflicting cultures. Rather than passive victims of cultural conflict, I show that second generation Brown women who become activists are agents. The women who were interviewed came to their activism in two ways. First they came to activism in resistance to the overt and systemic racism in their lives. Second, contrary to stereotypical notions, they were inspired and supported by their families who also had activist histories and who share the common experience of racism in Canada.
|Keywords:||Diaspora, Activism, Identity, South Asian|
Doctoral Student, Centre for Cross Faculty Inquiry in Education, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada