Internal critique does not, however, imply cultural betrayal, as the leaders of our immigrant communities would have us believe. Neither feminism not activism are alien to our culture - they are nested within our heritage. We can draw strength from the traditions of the virangana, or ‘warrior woman,’ which visualizes women as inherently powerful. In addition, the virangana is not marginalized in our natal societies. Rather, she is revered as a savior whom parents urge their daughters to emulate. Claiming this legacy for ourselves and our daughters would only help empower us. Furthermore, we cannot erase our history of resistance and social change work from the version of 'culture’ we present to our children. Our 'culture’ does not only consist of songs and dances, literature and art, but includes activism an the pursuit of social justice.
Shamita Das Dasgupta and Sayantani DasGupta, “Bringing Up Baby: Raising a ‘Third World’ Daughter in the ‘First World,’” Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire