• Virtual Cultural Conversations: “Washington’s Undiscovered Feminists”

    Published November 9 2020

    Cultural Conversations, in partnership with Humanities Washington, presents “Washington’s Undiscovered Feminists,” Tuesday Dec. 8, 1-2:30 p.m. Writer Mayumi Tsutakawa presents five “woman warriors” in the arts and journalism from the past century who were some of the remarkable, but often unsung, women in Pacific Northwest history.  

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    In her presentation, Ms. Tsutakawa asks us to explore the definition of the term feminist 100 years ago versus today. What has changed? What barriers to equality still exist? What common goals can diverse women use to work together?

    We’ll hear the stories of pioneering photographer Imogen Cunningham, Black American jazz musician Ruby Bishop, Chinese American artist Priscilla Chong Jue, journalist and activist Anna Louise Strong, and Native American linguist Vi Hilbert. Drawing on her own experience as an activist and writer, Ms. Tsutakawa explores how these women inspired others and changed our state and our society. Following the presentation there will be small group conversation.

    Mayumi Tsutakawa is an independent writer and curator who has focused on Asian/Pacific American history and arts. Tsutakawa received her M.A. in Communications and her B.A. in East Asian Studies at the University of Washington. She co-edited The Forbidden Stitch: Asian American Women’s Literary Anthology, which received the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award.

    Cultural Conversations, a program in its eleventh season, has transformed relationships and perspectives among diverse women in our community through education and storytelling. 

    For alternate formats, interpreters, or reasonable accommodation requests please phone at least 48 hours in advance 425-452-6836 (voice). For complaints regarding accommodations, contact City of Bellevue ADA/Title VI Administrator at 425-452-6168 (voice) or email ADATitleVI@bellevuewa.gov. If you are deaf or hard of hearing dial 711. 

    Photo Courtesy Humanities Washington