WOSAD (Women of South Asian Descent) Collective first came together as students at UC Berkeley to compile writings by South Asian women. Dissatisfied with the lack of support of attempts to create social change within and outside of the South Asian community, WOSAD responded by presenting balanced viewpoints from the female perspective from broader South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Burma and Afghanistan.
The women of WOSAD: Sheela Bhatt, Preety Kalra, Aarti Kohli, Dharini Rasiah, Latika Malkani
This compilation is the first comprehensive work to focus on South Asian American and South Asian immigrant women in the U.S. It represents a pioneering effort to collect the critical essays, creative works and personal histories by and about women of South Asian descent. The diverse expressions of identity and experience found here enable us to begin to see how women of South Asian origin define their positions within their respective communities, within wider interethnic networks, and within national and international social, economic, and political frameworks which impact women's lives, both in the United States and in South Asia.
PRAISE FOR OUR FEET WALK THE SKY
What a relief to finally see Asian women portrayed as strong, independent thinkers.
A brazenly contemporary approach to literature…offering South Asian women a release from modern social restrictions, allowing them to forge spiritual connections within themselves and with each other…The first collection of its kind, the editors and writers should be commended for their boldness in printing in black and white the controversial ideas of sexuality and revolution that are often forbidden.
A rich anthology, the first of its kind…Over 300 pages, 100 writings and 65 authors, it warrants careful wading…a mix of stories, poems, and academic essays includes rumination on ‘authentic’ South Asianness in this post modern world of wash and wear saris.
Our Feet Walk the Sky should be used not simply as another Asian American anthology but as an indicator of South Asian activism and consciousness. For people who are in search of South Asian women voices, this will be a welcome volume; for South Asian scholars and activists, it will be a source of inspiration.
It’s a must-read for anyone interested in the South Asian diaspora.
Highly recommended for South Asian collections; also recommended for women’s studies collections.