… far from the stereotype of the Asian or Third World country at the receiving end of a ‘Western’ lecture, we note the proactive, confident, locally informed activist who not only knows Western feminist positions but is also clear about what will or will not work in her country’s particular context.
Asian feminists from early twentieth century until the present were experts at reading the situation ‘on the ground’ and were not only selective about what aspects of feminist thinking aboard they would adopt but were also passionate about taking critiques to international platforms.
Mina Roces and Louise Edwards, Women’s Movements in Asia: Feminisms and Transnational Activism
Just because no one’s been listening doesn’t mean women’s rights movements in Asia don’t, and haven’t, existed. We’ve been at it since the twentieth century on international levels.