Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies, Vol 3 (2012)

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Realizing blacknpinay: Negotiating Notions of Authenticity in Janet Stickmon’s Crushing Soft Rubies

Teresa Hodges


Despite racism, challenges from family and communities, and oppression within schooling, Janet Stickmon’s memoir Crushing Soft Rubies exposes how she navigates and ultimately finds home in a world that does not always work in her favor as a mixed Black and Filipina woman; however, it also shows how she realizes her agency in the process. In using her counternarrative as a tool for engaging critical dialogue about identity, power, and authenticity, her text is valuable in these negotiations that help one to be at  home in one’s identities. 

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