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. Transforming Racism

. Transforming Racism

Asian Pacific American Women in African American Sororities

(p.138) (p.139) 7. Transforming Racism
Black Greek-Letter Organizations 2.0
Edith Wen-Chu Chen
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines nonblack members of black Greek-letter organizations by focusing on the experiences of five Asian American women in African American sororities. It first provides an overview of the social structure of African American sororities at Pacific Coast University. It then looks at the relationship between African American sororities and African Americans, those perceived as “mainstream” or white Americans, and Asian American women. It then discusses the social processes underlying the incorporation of the five Asian American women and shows how they were driven by white supremacy and racism to seek membership in black sororities. It argues that participation in African American sororities give Asian American women the opportunity to further develop their identities as women of color and directly challenge racial hierarchies.

Keywords:   nonblack members, black Greek-letter organizations, Asian American women, sororities, Pacific Coast University, white Americans, white supremacy, racism, African Americans

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