“Begin anywhere, but begin.”
These are the last lines in this book of essays and perhaps it is the best place to begin. Shauna Singh Baldwin’sReluctant Rebellions: New and Selected Non-fiction is an important intervention in the scholarship of diaspora writing by feminists of colour. In this book she presents her essays and speeches on the act of writing as a feminist author, while at the same time writing about the resistance of cultural communities to the erroneous presumptions of fixed identities by dominant forces. These two juxtapositions together create a complex and rich ground for exploration for the reader. Keeping these positions in mind, she writes evocatively to the heterogeneity of experiences in the interplay between two polar opposites of acceptance/belonging and contestation.
Sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, with the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program, and made possible with the support of the Centre for Indo Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley