Category: Sociologizing

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?

Indefinite

  Yea, right. In my handy dandy Apple dictionary app, indefinite means, “lasting for an unknown or unstated length of time.” Something about the word indefinite always kinda puts me on edge, depending on context, of course. When people say, “I’m moving here indefinitely!” I feel like, yay, you’re choosing to be somewhere for a long time! But when someone’s like, “I don’t know … Read More Indefinite

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

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

Secrets DO make friends

Happy new year, dear blog readers! I haven’t posted since last year, yes. Took a little break. But, no worries, here I am back to get it in, in 2011! First post of the year, a bit about Wikileaks by the homie, Slavoj Zizek. It’s a fun and interesting read about the whole dripping drama of secrets and lies. He even starts with a … Read More Secrets DO make friends

Analog Girl in a Digital World

On the front page of the NYTimes is an article about the role of technology and student learning/teacher’s teaching. The article has an alarming affect, I was nervous about my use of the nets and computer devices as soon as I reached the bottom of page one. And then I continued. The author, Matt Ritchel, cites some neuroscientists who believes that the internet isn’t … Read More Analog Girl in a Digital World

Culture of Sociology

A month or so ago the New York Times published a piece on the comeback of the “Culture of Poverty” in research, and latently, in popular social imagination. A month or so ago, I really wanted to write about this; my anger and frustration with the limiting perspectives in the discipline I “belong” to or am “trained” in and my fear about this rhetoric … Read More Culture of Sociology

Making Cake

A cake is hard to make. It is a calculated science of measurement and timing. That’s why I’ve never baked one, at least from scratch. But making cake has another meaning, in hip hop, it means to make lettuce, cheddar, skrella…money. This is also a science. It is also a calculated science of measurement and timing. Both for workers and employers, nation-states and capital. … Read More Making Cake

Un-Warren-ted Assumptions

Last week, wrote a bit about the Filipino nurses in California, via California Nurses’ Association (CNA) filing a lawsuit against California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) about hiring discrimination against Filipino nurses. After the news of this discrimination suit spread through local and national circuits, Warren Browner, the CEO of CPMC released the below letter to Terry Valen, the organizational director of San Francisco’s Filipino … Read More Un-Warren-ted Assumptions

Can’t get a break: Story of Filipina migrant workers

Often, in the spheres of the Global Forum of Migration and Development and/or the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, icons of migrant workers are those that look like the pictures below. Smily. Shiny. Happy. Eager.  But in the real world, the one that’s not smily. Not shiny. Migrant workers are dealing with some really complicated issues. Most recently, in California, Filipino nurses filed a discrimination … Read More Can’t get a break: Story of Filipina migrant workers

Hostage

Headlines about the Philippines peppered many of today’s international news circuits (NY Times, Reuters, BBC, Examiner, etc.) with the words “gunman”, “hostage”, “standoff” and “(insert number here) dead.” The most I’ve seen the Philippines on the news since the presidential race. 55-year old Rolando Mendoza was recently laid off as a senior police officer in Manila, due to charges of extortion and robbery in 2008. … Read More Hostage