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Telling HistoriesBlack Women Historians in the Ivory Tower$
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Deborah Gray White

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832011

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807889121_white

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Journey toward a Different Self

Journey toward a Different Self

The Defining Power of Illness, Race, and Gender

(p.200) Journey toward a Different Self
Telling Histories

Chana Kai Lee

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how the life of a black woman academic, as described by Chana Kai Lee, can be just as eventful and fragile as the lives of others. Over the past four years, Lee has learned some very tough lessons about her body, her character, and her professional community. In pulling back from the agonizing intricate details of every lived moment, she gets some helpful perspective. From a distance, Lee can see that her experiences have been about choices, some that she has been fully aware of and others that she came to realize only through the process of living and looking back. This philosophical way of seeing, however, goes only so far in capturing what she has endured.

Keywords:   black woman academic, Chana Kai Lee, choices, looking back, way of seeing

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