Monthly Archives: March 2008

Average Little Black Girl

the ones with the straight hair to those with the natural naps those we see we are to wonder “who do they think they be?“ lady, miss black sister who am i to help these average little black girls? do … Continue reading

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Breaking Tradition with “The Way Things Are”

IT’S INTERESTING THAT WE, as a society, talk about hate crimes in this country when it comes to race and sexual orientation, but neglect to address the epidemic of hate crimes based on gender alone. Violence against women continues to … Continue reading

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Respect for Mexicano Families: An Interview with Martina Miranda-Lugo

MARTINA MIRANDA-LUGO WAS BORN in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. 21 years ago. She has lived in Urbana for the last 13 years. In 1995, when Martina arrived with her family to the area, she recalls … Continue reading

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Asian Women, US Immigration, and Citizenship

ASIANS HAVE BEEN THE ONLY RACIAL or ethnic group in the United States to be excluded by name from immigrating to the United States. In Asian American Studies, we usually point to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 as the … Continue reading

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Man Up! Being an Ally to Women

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH IS AN OPPORTUNITY to both understand the past and set our sights on our future. Part of this future is men, men becoming allies to women. When men come to understand sexism, it usually isn’t of our … Continue reading

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From the Inside Out

ACCORDING TO A RECENT NEW YORK TIMES article, one adult out of 100 is incarcerated. Over 1.5 million adults—largely Black and Latino—have become part of this growing population. Yet, what’s generally left out of the discussion is that women prisoners … Continue reading

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The University of Illinois Experience: From One Muslim Woman

OFTEN, WHEN I AM SITTING IN A CLASSROOM, I cannot help but be fully cognizant of the fact that I look different from everyone else. This is a common feeling for any minority, and I, as a headscarf donning Muslim … Continue reading

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Women in Pakistan: A Socio-Political Profile

THERE ARE A HANDFUL OF PAKISTANI WOMEN who attend the University of Illinois. For the most part, the realities of women in Pakistan are seldom discussed or engaged in any substantive manner on the college campus. Knowledge of women in … Continue reading

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Women’s Resistance in Manipur

WOMEN’S BODIES ARE POWERFULLY CODED. As long as they do not disrupt business as usual, they are marveled at, desired, and even respected. Otherwise, they are to be restricted, consumed and fenced. Institutions such as marriage, prison and family are … Continue reading

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Independent Media Still Remains Unequal

WOMEN’S VOICES ARE JUST NOT HEARD. If you randomly turn on the radio for an hour during any program (music or public affairs), count how many times you hear a woman’s voice and even more rare, a woman of color … Continue reading

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