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As Asian American scholar Gary Okihiro notes, "Europe's feminization of Asia, its taking possession, working over, and penetration of Asia, was preceded and paralleled by Asian men's subjugation of Asian women." While earnest, hardworking, and vital, these early Asian women radicals couldn't compete with the growing reality that for many Asian American women, there was money to be made. Not surprisingly, large organizations of primarily middle-class East Asian women flourished during these years.The highly educated and affluent Asian immigrants who came to the U. after 1965 were eager to be incorporated into the U. These groups devoted themselves to education and service projects, rather than to directly resisting social injustices.The "picture brides" from Japan who emigrated to join their husbands in the U. were, to racist Californians, "another example of Oriental treachery," according to historian Roger Daniels. employers didn't have to pay Asian men as much as other laborers who had families to support, since Asian women in Asian bore the costs of rearing children and taking care of the older generation.It bears noting that despite the fact that they weren't in the country in large numbers, Asian women shouldered much of the cost of subsidizing Asian men's labor. Asian women who did emigrate here before the 1960s were also usually employed as cheap labor.
The impression that Asian women were prostitutes, born at that time, "colored the public perception of, attitude toward, and action against all Chinese women for almost a century," writes historian Sucheng Chan.During these years, Japanese immigration stepped up, and with it, a reactionary anti-Japanese movement joined established anti-Chinese sentiment.