Coming October 2021
University of California Press
The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care, and Racial Justice
A critical, comedic guide to mutual aid and racial solidarity during and beyond a pandemic of government failure.
edited by Mai-Linh K. Hong, Chrissy Yee Lau, & Preeti Sharma
with Kristina Wong & Rebecca Solnit
“This is far more than the important account of women warriors, armed with sewing needles, who organized organically yet deliberately into a movement for social change in the time of Covid——it's an inspiring manifesto on building the Beloved Community. Please follow up with the Field Manual for global distribution!”
——Helen Zia, author of Asian American Dreams and Last Boat out of Shanghai
“This is the book that we need right now! Through prose, poetry, interviews and memoir, this inspiring collection shares the power of women of color, predominantly Asian American women, forming grass-roots, guerrilla-style sewing groups to care for racialized and indigenous communities suffering disproportionately from COVID-19, systemic poverty, and state violence. These badass Asian Aunties offer a model for us all.”
——Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Professor of Asian American Studies and Director of the Humanities Center at the University of California, Irvine; author of Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Vietnam Era and Dr. Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: The Life of a Wartime Celebrity
“This indispensable book presents an expanded and vital conception of solidarity.”
——Grace Hong, Professor of Asian American Studies, UCLA; author of Death Beyond Disavowal: The Impossible Politics of Difference
“This book captures the importance of mutual aid and how mostly Asian American, Black, Indigenous and Queer and Trans people of color respond at the intersection of feminism, racial justice, and gender fluidity.”
——Yvonne Yen Liu, Co-Founder and Research Director, Solidarity Research Center
“Decades later, these stories will shimmer as individual and collective testimonies of how a multigenerational, grassroots coalition of mask-making ‘aunties’ saved lives AND celebrated life during a worldwide pandemic. This book sparks joy! It vivifies ‘creativity as resistance’ and everyday activism in ways that will add depth and breadth to the transdisciplinary study of social movements and social justice.”
——Vickie Nam, editor of YELL-Oh Girls! Emerging Voices Explore Culture, Identity, and Growing Up Asian American
“The Auntie Sewing Squad is a true inspiration as its single-minded, energetic and growing membership consistently finds ways to repair, with the power of many individual hands, our worn, frayed, negligent public response to this pandemic.”
——David Harrington, Kronos Quartet
The Auntie Sewing Squad has been featured by Good Morning America, USA Today, CNN, Washington Post, LA Times, and more.
Check out the Q&A with the Editors in UC Press' Fall Catalog.