Category: labor of care

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Award Assembly, then and now

When my family arrived to the U.S. in 1992, our whole lives were upended. The only thing, ya girl Val, could hold onto for some stability was school. At Fair Oaks Elementary in Concord, CA, the monthly (?) awards assembly was always a treat for me. I always waited with bated breath to see if I would get an award. Would it be student … Read More Award Assembly, then and now

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Together But Apart: Virtual Connection in the time of Corona

A centerpiece of my book The Labor of Care is the chapter called “Skype Mothers and Facebook Children”. In it, I look at how care work and intimacy between transnational family members is shaped by information communication technologies (ICTs), specifically, Skype and Facebook during the time I was collecting research in the 2000s. In the chapter, I argue that new care providers, patterns of … Read More Together But Apart: Virtual Connection in the time of Corona

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Phoenix, here I come!

Professor Mary Margaret Fonow has invited an amazing set of scholars to talk about gender, labor and migration at Arizona State University’s School of Social Transformation. And I couldn’t be more excited to speak and participate about Filipina migrant activism and its connections to the vibrant national liberation movement in the Philippines. I’m looking forward to learning from the scholars and students at the … Read More Phoenix, here I come!

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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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Little FaceTime with my littles

Leaving for book talks all over the nation and across national borders is a lot of work. And keeping in touch while away also has its sets of labor. Should I FaceTime the kids, and risk them getting upset about seeing my face but not being able to cuddle up next to me? Should I disrupt the routine the their Papa has set when … Read More Little FaceTime with my littles

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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

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Labor of Care at UC Irvine tomorrow

It’ll be my first time in Irvine! I’m looking forward to sharing ideas about care work among Filipina migrants and possibilities for solidarity in the book. This is my favorite chapter in the book to discuss! More importantly, I’ll be engaging with the work of Filipina American historian and doctoral candidate, Stefanie Lira. Stefanie’s work on reading colonial archive to examine “formations of race … Read More Labor of Care at UC Irvine tomorrow