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The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

August 11, 2013

ART: The Task of an Activist: “Imagined Communities” and the “Comfort Women” Campaigns in Australia

Author: Anna Song
Title: The Task of an Activist
Subtitle: “Imagined Communities” and the “Comfort Women” Campaigns in Australia
Journal: Asian Studies Review
Volume: 37
Issue: 3
Year: 2013
Pages: 381-395
ISSN: 1035-7823 - eISSN: 1467-8403
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »From 2006 to 2010, I was an activist who organised grassroots campaigns about the so-called “comfort women” in Australia. During the course of these campaigns, this issue was framed in different ways by the Asian diaspora and feminist communities who supported the cause. Beginning with the premise that the human rights activist community is not harmonious or homogenous, nor is it organically formed, I ask the question: what is the task of an activist when faced with diverse and disconnected sources of support for our shared cause? I draw on adaptations of the concept of “imagined community” (Anderson, 1983, p. 7) by Ien Ang and Chandra Talpade Mohanty to discuss this question. I conclude that an activist must not be guided by an emotive and broad sense of “justice” alone. Rather, his or her key task is to seek localised and interdisciplinary knowledge and identity from the particular location of activism in order to mediate between the different “frames of meaning” in diverse communities.« [Source: Asian Studies Review]

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