1. Name, chapter, place of birth, current city of residence, occupation:
Justine Sunga aka Jaye
Born in Monterey Park, CA SGV!!!!
Live in Irvine, CA
Occupation: UCLA School of Dentistry, Section of Periodontics Supervisor, Subgroup Administrator, Assistant to Division Chair
2. Tell us a little about yourself:
I like long walks on the beach, sunsets, and fighting for the cause.
3. How did you get organized?:
I believe activism is in my blood. My dad was a part of the People’s Movement in the Philippines and I remember seeing newspaper clippings of him protesting. My mom is a very outspoken woman who never fit the typical female stereotype of being soft-spoken, demure, and domesticated. My parents even put me in an all-girl private high school that encouraged their students to spell women as womyn and taught basic mainstream western feminism. Then I went to UCI and was very involved in learning about my Pilipino roots and culture. I was an active board member in Kaba during the “political years” of fighting for Tagalog and Pilipino Studies. Fortunately, around that time GabNet was being established at Irvine and I was lucky enough to be there and see it from the beginning. It was finally an organization that combined my two passions: learning about my culture and fighting for women’s rights.
4. Why did you decide to become a member of AF3IRM:
When I found out that AF3IRM was taking on a transnational role in women’s issues I knew I had to continue. I felt it was a good transition and the next step for the organization. I knew it would also allow me to learn more about different feminist theory especially radical and transnational feminism.
5. Why do you think it's important that other women join AF3IRM:
I think it’s important for women to join because women need to be educated. A lot of women I come across are not even aware that we are living in a patriarchal society still. They think all is fair because its 2012 and women have made strides, but as of this week we are still fighting for EQUAL PAY, not to mention the greater disparity of pay between white men and transnational women. And don’t get me started about our reproductive rights. We are in the midst of a sexual counterrevolution in the United States. I have not even begun to mention the injustices to women across around the world and the connection it all has. It’s almost as if the majority of women here have blinders on and don’t want to see beyond their day to day lives. Women need to join because they need to understand that they can make a difference in fighting imperialism and patriarchy that still exists here and abroad.
6. What do you like best about AF3IRM:
What I like best is that AF3IRM is not just about action but also education. We educate ourselves and use that education as power to take action. It has been AF3IRM’s educational discussions that have armed me with the necessary ammunition needed to fight imperialism, re-feudalization, and marginalization.
7. Final thoughts/any message to readers:
“If processes of sexism, heterosexism, and misogyny are central to the social fabric of the world we live in; if indeed these processes are interwoven with racial, national, and capitalist domination and exploitation such that the lives of women and men, girls and boys, are profoundly affected, then decolonization at all the levels (as described by Fanon) becomes fundamental to a radical feminist transformative project"
-Feminism Without Borders by Chandra Talpade Mohanty