[from the publisher]
Pairing image and text, Troubling Borders showcases creative writing
and visual artworks by sixty-one women of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao,
Thai, and Filipino ancestry. The collection features compelling
storytelling that troubles the borders of categorization and reflects
the multilayered experience of Southeast Asian women.
The diverse voices
featured here have been shaped by colonization, wars, globalization,
and militarization. For some of these women on the margins of the
margin, crafting and showing their work is a bold act in itself.
Their provocative and accessible creations tell unique stories,
provide a sharp contrast to familiar stereotypes - Southeast Asian
women as exotic sex symbols, dragon ladies, prostitutes, and "bar
girls"-and serve as entry points for broader discussions on
questions of history, memory, and identity.