Category: Filipino migrant workers

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SFSU Labor of Care Book Salon

In one week, I’ll be in conversation with brilliant SFSU scholars, Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales and Dr. Celine Parreñas Shimizu, about the ideas, theories and methods of The Labor of Care! When I go on book talks, it’s usually me talking about the book and my arguments in it. Most folks come without having read the book, coming to hear what it’s all about. It’s a … Read More SFSU Labor of Care Book Salon

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Montreal and Irvine, Snow and Sun

The first month of the year hasn’t ended yet and I’ve been to three universities, delivered a handful of talks from classrooms, speaker series events, seminars and community centers! I love that touring The Labor of Care allows me to talk about transnational families, possibilities of organizing with migrants, emotions and youth, technology and solidarity and resistance. I’ve been humbled to be able to have an … Read More Montreal and Irvine, Snow and Sun

Filipinos in Costa Rica

While in Costa Rica last week, me and my crew took an excursion to the Manuel Antonio national park to take in the beautiful, lush greenery that is Costa Rica and follow a trail to a popular local beach. When we were walking towards the entrance of the park, we wandered into a souvenir shop. As we thumbed through Costa Rican tank tops, beach … Read More Filipinos in Costa Rica

Diwang Pinay for academics

In 2009, I had the privilege of being part of a dynamic group of people that did research, wrote and acted in a play and built very strong basis for community-building and migrant worker organizing in New York City. That year, Diwang Pinay as a theatrical production was the first and most impactful way we shared our process. Years later, as the play continues … Read More Diwang Pinay for academics

Why May 1 Matters

What is May 1? Four days before Cinco de Mayo. The day after April 30. AND, International Workers Day all over the globe. Whatever you need to do to remember it, do it. In the US, May 1 has also doubled for Immigrants/Workers Day. A kasama once said, “It’s like Christmas for workers.” Its the day folks come out to celebrate the fact that … Read More Why May 1 Matters

Legal Trafficking is The Philippines’ Labor Export Policy

Forced migration puts hundreds of migrant workers to Louisiana to work long hours without fair wages and indentured servitude. Their living conditions are cramped in substandard facilities. They are kept from the passports and freedom of mobility, therefore kept from their family. This has got to be a scene out of Django. Nope. Its about Filipino migrant workers working at an oil barge in … Read More Legal Trafficking is The Philippines’ Labor Export Policy

http://www.interaksyon.com/article/33424/aquino-signs-ilo-convention-to-protect-domestic-workers-rights “The committee is chaired by Sen. Loren Legarda. We must act fast if we want the Philippines to be the second state party of the ILO to ratify the convention, next to Uruguay, (although Uruguay has not deposited yet the ratification instrument with the ILO) … The convention requires at least two ratifications to enter into force,” Sana said. … The new ILO … Read More

CARE Project Launch

SAVE THE DATE!!! Caregiver Research (CARE) Project Launch  Wednesday APRIL 4, 2012 6pm-8pm 35 San Juan Ave. SF CA 94112 (Old FCC Space) Join the Filipino Community Center (FCC) to launch The CARE Project! Filipino caregivers, youth, students and community members have completed an intensive research training to conduct research on the conditions of Filipino caregivers in the San Francisco/ Bay Area.  Join us … Read More CARE Project Launch

Domestic Workers Look to Extend Gains

A great, quick read on domestic workers’ legislative struggle. === Domestic Workers Look to Extend Gains By Matthew Cunningham-Cook Labor Notes March 13, 2012 http://labornotes.org/2012/03/domestic-workers-look-extend-gains For 76 years domestic workers have been excluded from federal labor law – from overtime and safety and health protections in addition to collective bargaining rights. The exclusion was no accident. When Congress debated the National Labor Relations Act … Read More Domestic Workers Look to Extend Gains

Me, my dissertation at USF

Talk of technology was in every interview, group interview, gathering, observation (you name it) of my dissertation. It was really awesome to see how Filipino women in the middle of their life course, women who didn’t grow up with computers much less knew how to do work on one, pushed themselves to learn new technologies to keep their families together. This talk is about … Read More Me, my dissertation at USF

Who Cares for Caregivers?

One Sunday afternoon when I was 15 years old, I went to visit my father who was working as a caregiver. He was a live-in caregiver with 5 elderly patients, one of them non-ambulatory. He worked 6 days a week, and because he lived in the facility, I can only imagine, he worked 24 hours a day. He’d been in the US for over … Read More Who Cares for Caregivers?

What’s so Super About Being a Maid? The Philippine’s Supermaid Program and Women’s False Empowerment

The erstwhile president of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, launched a domestic worker training program called, the “Supermaid” (or “Supernanny”) Program in 2006 to increase the professionalization of Filipino women leaving the country as domestics. The program teaches Filipino women things like seven ways to cook eggs or how to change a diaper with speed and precision. The Supermaid Program prides itself with shipping … Read More What’s so Super About Being a Maid? The Philippine’s Supermaid Program and Women’s False Empowerment