By Marguerite Waller
Calling for inclusion and discussion, those essays by way of a world crew of feminist students and activists pressure the necessity to placed into relation probably discrepant methods to truth and to scholarship with a view to construct coalitions around the ordinary North/South and East/West divides. This different staff of authors, who spent fourteen weeks operating collaboratively, dispense with cohesion and search as a substitute to take advantage of discussion and distinction of their creation of data approximately powerful political motion. The dialogues materialized right here between women's hobbies that experience emerged inside various contexts and cosmologies take feminisms' demanding situations to modern company globalization in new empirical and theoretical directions.
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In practice, this could mean that the Western feminist is asked to speak about China's problems by shifting her position from Western universalism, returning Chinese women to their original contexts and using the multiple and contradictory discursive paradigms used there. This is not nativist, since the "there" is not a pure construct free of discursive contamination and influence from the West. According to Li, this will help reduce the two major problems of Western feminism in transnational encounters: "a monistic perspectival narrowness in scholarship" and "a political narrowness that uses moralistic perspectives to criticize any non-feminist orientations" (2001).
Li takes these insights to the transnational terrain and further demands that this politics of partiality be buttressed by a knowledge of other contexts and other genders as well as a historicized and critical view of all knowledge-claims coming out of a certain location. "Transvaluation" is the result of such transpositionality, since to position oneself in the history of the Other is to be given the opportunity Ethics of Transnational Encounters 23 to see how a given system of value production works and thus to be exposed to the mechanisms of value-encoding and knowledge production as political, material, and affective acts.
Even though I am not from China, my recruitment as a translator for the trip was based on my ability to speak Chinese like a native, which was taken to be a good enough marker of my authenticity as a "Chinese" person, since I also "look" Chinese. One episode that exposes the paradox of the situation occurred while we were on the Three Gorges river cruise in first-class compartments. From our comfortable compartments, we had to walk through the third- and fourth-class communal bunks and seats of the locals to reach our very own dining room, where we were served eight-course lunches and dinners.
Dialogue and Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization by Marguerite Waller