Women Activists and Asian Immigrants Bibliography


Query From Kathryn Olmsted kolmsted@ucdavis.edu 23 April 1998

I am teaching a seminar for senior history majors on radicals and reformers in the United States during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. The students are required to do an extensive research paper on a radical or reformer.

I have a student who would like to do her research paper on a woman who worked with Asian immigrants in California during this era. I don't know of anyone in this category, but I thought I'd see if the list could help. My student would prefer finding an Asian-American woman to research, but is open to
suggestions of white missionaries or settlement house workers. Thanks.

Responses:
[Since many responses suggested the same sources, these have been edited for content by H-Women editor. MER]

Donaldina Cameron: She was a Euro-American home missionary in San Francisco who worked to Americanize Chinese immigrant women. Engaged also in rescue of Chinese prostitutes and *mui tsai*. See Peggy Pascoe's _Relations of Rescue: The Search for Female Moral Authority in the American West, 1874-1939__(Oxford U Press, 1990) and Judy Yung's _Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco_.

See several articles in Elizabeth Jameson and Susan Armitage's book _Writing the Range: Race, Class, Culture in the Women's West_. Also Sucheng Chan's "Introduction" to _Quiet Odyssey_; Valerie Matsumoto's _Desperately Seeking Deirdre_; Gail Nomura's _Tsugiki, A Grafting_; and Annette White-Parks, _Beyond the Stereotypes_ also Tomoko Yamazaki's _The Story of Yamada Waka_.

Also: the Methodist Church has sponsored a settlement house for Asian women in Sn Francisco for many years. It still operates as the Gum Moon residence.