We celebrated at Asian Connection by calling out some amazing WOMEN near and dear to our hearts! Please enjoy!
Malala Yousafzai, author, and an inspiration to all women at only 16 she survived an attack by the Taliban on a school bus, where she was shot in the head. She is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
Corazon Aquino, president of the Philippines
Radhika Coomaraswamy, Under Secretary of the United Nations and also well-known as a human rights advocate.
Bibi Russell, a Bangladesh fashion designer
Sirimavo Banderanaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon / Sri Lanka three times, and leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
Captain Durga Banerjee, the first female pilot of Indian Airlines
Aung San Suu Kyi, chairman of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar (Burma). Enduring 15 years of house arrest to then become the Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
Several Notable Asian Women in SF:
The first known Chinese woman to immigrate to America was Marie Seise who arrived in 1848, arriving just as the Gold Rush turned San Francisco into a bustling metropolis.
Rose Pak a prominent political activist noted for her advocacy for the Chinatown community and her influence on city politics. Pak served as a consultant for the San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce and organizer of the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco. Although Pak never held an elective political office, she was known as an outspoken and well-connected “gatekeeper” figure who supported politicians by raising funds and connecting them with the city’s growing Asian American community.
Amy Tan, author whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese American experience. Her best known work is The Joy Luck Club. In 1993, director Wayne Wang adapted the book into a film. Tan has written several other novels, including The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Valley of Amazement.
More Amazing Asian Women:
Qiu Jin – (1875-1907) – a feminist who is considered a national hero in China. She was executed after participating in a failed uprising against the Qing Dynasty. She was a vocal supporter of Women’s rights.
Shelley Hwang, innovative breast cancer doctor and surgeon, her research with Laura Esserman is ground-breaking.
Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood actress, beautiful, talented, has made nearly 50 movies while breaking stereotypes.
Yayoi Kusama, Artist, bringing radical and revolutionary things in the art world.
Tsai Ing-Wen, Taiwan’s new President, representing 23 million people.