Category: Immigration

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

Class Discussion on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Lesson objectives: Identify the main points and critiques of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Analyze the logics and critiques of the bill Explore the sociological links between immigration and race in the current contemporary political debate Resources: Students will have watched the film, “Lost in Detention” and read the below articles outlining the CIR bill and some critiques: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/senators-immigration-legislation-provisions/ http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/04/gang_of_eight_immigration_reform_details.html http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/04/summary_senate_immigration_reform_bill.html On the projector, … Read More Class Discussion on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

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

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

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

Copycats

http://www.latina.com/immigration-by-state This is an interactive map that shows how many states in the US is copying the Arizona bill. Yesterday, my co-CPCP fellow, Jen Ridgley, told me that anti-immigrant sentiment doesn’t necessarily correlate with an increase in immigration. That we should denaturalize the correlation because rises in nativism, racism and anti-immigrant sentiments are bound up in other things like economic policy, political conservatism and, … Read More Copycats

Diwang Pinay

Sunday, March 6, 2011 – 2pm matinee and 7pm and March 13, 2011 – 2pm matinee and 7pm DIWANG PINAY: Kasaysayan sa Likod ng Babaeng Manggagawa The Story Behind the Woman Worker Hunter College-Lang Recital Hall http://WWW.FIRENYC.ORG Hunter College-Lang Recital Hall 695 Park Ave. New York, NY.10065 Buy your tickets now!!! https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/148331 Since February 2010, a group of Filipino women across generations, both age … Read More Diwang Pinay

Georgia

Georgia is taking lead from Arizona. This makes me sad, but it also makes me wonder about how much realer does anti-immigrant sentiment have to get before we call it racism–and well, just wrong.

Arizona Wannabes

I remember a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to write my fury about Arizona banning ethnic studies from its classrooms. I thought about writing how institutionalized racism has become, how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, life and activism has become perverted to fits some diversity-colorblindness thing. And really, how sad I am about this. Until. This. To me what’s depressing is not … Read More Arizona Wannabes