This article is concerned largely with articulating some of the possibilities and pitfalls of constructivism in relation to what Cornell West calls the ‘new cultural politics of difference’. Such a politics ‘consists of creative responses to the precise circumstance of our present moment’, and in relation to the situation of ‘Asian’ young women, it brings us to an ambiguous juncture. Based on the comments and views of Asian young women at a co-educational Australian high school, this article highlights the ways that Asian girls work both with and against the material and symbolic circumstances of their everyday lives. Paying particular attention to racialised distinctions and separations, I argue that Asian young women redeploy the discursive strategies and tactics of racialisation and in doing so contribute to the formation of Asian femininity.
Australian Feminist Studies / Vol. 17, no. 38, pp.207-219