Leaving Deep Water: Asian American Women at the Crossroads of Two Cultures

by Claire S. Chow

Paperback, 1999




Plume (1999), 320 pages


Integrating ethnic identity with American mainstream culture is a complex task, and in Leaving Deep Water, Claire Chow deftly explores the many ways that women of Asian descent have created a place for themselves in modern society. Drawing on the personal narratives of dozens of women from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and other Asian countries, Chow explores such common themes as coming of age, parental expectations, marriage and divorce, career experiences, family relationships, and aging.These intimate reflections are deeply moving, the voices unique, and the stories eye-opening, bringing a new perspective to the multicultural experience. Leaving Deep Water offers guidance, inspiration, and a shared sense of struggle while breaking down myths and celebrating the human ability to craft a new identity in a new place.… (more)

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LibraryThing member autumnesf
A book full of experiences of Asian American women. I found it interesting in light of our youngest being Chinese. Gives you some insight into what asian american women face as far as racism, identity, etc. A Good read for this purpose.


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