The handmaidens' plight: an investigation of survivor ideologies of marginalized Asian women
Gladys Siok-Hian Kwa. (2012). The Handmaidens' Plight: An Investigation of Survivor Ideologies of Marginalized Asian Women. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.90-91
Despite the traumatic ordeals experienced by marginalized Asian women, many have emerged triumphant despite inconceivable odds to proclaim their tragic narratives. Such desperate struggles beg the question: "What sustainable ideologies helped them to transcend their perpetrators' inhumane treatment?" This study investigates the oppressive experiences of a concubine, a comfort woman, and a woman warrior. This two-fold investigation of oppressive systems and women survivor ideologies employs three methodologies: the socio-historical, to understand repressive systems, the psychoanalytical, to assess psychological trauma, lastly, the autobiographical, to explore evolving identities. The investigation reveals the concubine’s accomplishments, the comfort woman’s inter-subjectivity, and the woman warrior’s selfhood. The study implicates societies’ collusion and perpetuation of hegemonic/monolithic ideologies. However, modern-day cousins continue to perpetuate women's subjugation.
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Research completed at the Department of English, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences