Finding a Voice: Asian Women in Britain

 
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Finding a Voice - Asian Women in Britain published in 1978 and winner of the Martin Luther King award, was, and remains, an influential feminist book. Based on interviews, discussions and intimate one-to- one conversations with South Asian women, conducted often in Urdu, Hindi or Bengali (if they were most at ease in these languages) and sensitively translated, the book explores   what it was like to be a migrant, a worker, and a woman straddled between two cultures in late 1970s Britain. Through women's experiences, feelings and analysis of their own lives it examines family relationships, growing militancy at work, experiences of racist and misogynistic immigration policies, school life and also friendship and love.

Some of the iconic anti-racist and working-class struggles and other key events of the 1970s which have a powerful resonance today are described here from the point of view of the Asian women who participated in them. Among them is the strike at the Grunwick photo processing plant, which was led by the indomitable Jayaben Desai and drew support from thousands of trade unionists and feminists from all over Britain and is today once again an inspiration for many low-paid workers in Britain's gig economy. The book also examines, again through South Asian women's voices, the horrors of the first immigration detention centres and  so-called 'virginity testing'; issues of mental health and isolation.

This edition of the book includes a remarkable new chapter titled 'Reflecting on Finding a Voice in 2018' in which young South Asian women in Britain describe what the book means to them today and in what ways their lives are different, and similar, to those of the women in the book. In this context they write, among other things, about organising against violence against women, Islamophobia, racism of the white middle-classes, struggles against heteronormativity, the battles for justice at Yarlswood detention centre, commemorating the Grunwick strike and the ups and downs of mother-daughter relationships in South Asian families.

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'This book is a wonderful, important and necessary reminder of all the black feminist work behind us and all that is left to do.' —Sara Ahmed, feminist writer and independent scholar, and author of Living a Feminist Life

'Finding a Voice acquires a new significance in this neoliberal era...an indispensable archive as well as a narrative of a past that is not past but reactivated and recast...' —Kumkum Sangari, William F.Vilas Research Professor of English and the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

'A ground-breaking book, as relevant today as it was in the seventies – and evidence, if ever such were needed, that the struggles of Asian, African and Caribbean women remain inextricably linked.' —Stella Dadzie, founder member of OWAAD and author of Heart of the Race

'Finding a Voice... was affirmation that our lives mattered, that our experiences with all their cultural complexities, mattered.' —Meera Syal, British comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress.

'This new edition comes at a  time...when we are experiencing the growth of the surveillance state and when our narratives are being co-opted and used against us. Finding a Voice is  not only welcome, it is necessary.' — Marai Larasi, Director, Imkaan; Co-Chair of UK's End Violence Against Women Coalition

About the Author:

Amrit Wilson is a writer and activist on issues of race and gender in Britain and South Asian politics. She is a founder member of South Asia Solidarity Group and the Freedom Without Fear Platform, and board member of Imkaan, a Black, South Asian and minority ethnic women's organisation dedicated to combating violence against women in Britain. She was a founder member of Awaz and an active member of OWAAD.

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