Warrior Lessons: An Asian American Woman's Journey Into Power

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Simon and Schuster, 2000 - Social Science - 384 pages
Welcome to the world of the modern Asian American woman, where the willingness to cause "trouble" -- to stir the waters, think deeply, and go against what is expected -- is the first of many steps to self-discovery and power. Now, Phoebe Eng shatters stereotypes and offers a bold new vision for American-raised daughters like herself.
A second-generation eldest daughter, caught between cultures, codes of behavior, and colliding worlds, Eng had to learn that in order to be true to herself, conflict and tough choices were necessary. But with those, she found, came a wonderful payoff: the doors to opportunity flew open.
Serving as both guide and mentor, Eng addresses the range of issues Asian American women face, including:

  • How can we deal with family expectations?
  • What is "false power" and how do we recognize it in our lives?
  • Can we trust one another?
  • How do we build healthy relationships in the face of "geisha girl" stereotypes?
  • How can we find a sense of "home"?

Warrior Lessons signifies a generation and goes far beyond the limiting portrayal of what Eng calls "The Good Little Model Minority Girl." At last, here is a manual for today's woman warrior as she channels her rage and cultivates her power.

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WARRIOR LESSONS: An Asian American Woman's Journey into Power

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In this hybrid of inspirational creed, personal memoir, anecdotal reportage, and political pamphlet, Eng exhorts Asian-American women to face their issues—and conquer them. The author, one of the ... Read full review


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About the author (2000)

Phoebe Eng, a former corporate attorney who practiced in New York, Hong Kong, and Paris, is a past publisher of A. Magazine, the highly acclaimed national magazine for Asian Americans. She is a national lecturer and director of The Different Mirror, which advised the U.S. Department of Justice, the Ford Foundation, the Urban League, Fortune 500 companies, media and technology groups, and universities. An award-winning social activist, Eng was a member of the Ms. Foundation delegation to the 1995 U.N. World Conference on Women in Beijing. She participated in the creation of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, and served as an adviser on several Asian American task forces.

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