A couple of days ago, President Rodrigo Duterte kisses an overseas foreign worker at a press conference in Korea. His administration’s spin excuses his behavior stating, “Malacañang sees nothing wrong with President Rodrigo Duterte kissing a married overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Seoul, saying it is ‘very [much] accepted in the culture of Filipinos.’” The problem with this statement and Duterte’s action(s) against women … Read More Duterte’s Kiss is a Kiss of Death
The Labor of Care is on HELLAPINAY, y’all! In May’s book review roundup from the brilliant Pia Cortez, my book is sandwiched among some pretty awesome titles in their series, #GetLit! I’ve been following hellapinay on Instagram for a while now because its Pinay-centric content gives me my whole life. And when the infamous book-reviewer and homie, Pia Cortez aka the brains and beauty behind Libromance offered … Read More Labor of Care on HellaPinay’s #GetLit
Often, when I deliver a talk about The Labor of Care, I can’t help but get choked up about the lives and sacrifices of the women in the book. And during my last stop on this semester’s book tour in Portland, it was no different. More so because I began with the story of my own mother, Mama Irma, and her journey to the … Read More Bridge City
On Mother’s Day, I’d like to honor those who are doing the work of mothering: Migrant mother’s caring from afar Mothers who are red fighters Single mothers Queer mothers Nannies, domestic workers, childcare providers Teachers Single fathers Aunties and Titas Ates and older sisters Mothers who have lost a child or children Best friends of mothers Godmothers Mothers-to-be Fictive mothers or Nanay-nanayan Community mothers … Read More Honoring mothering
Growing up in the Bay Area, I always fetishized the East Bay, the 510, the nickel and dime (as was referred to in voicemail intros back in the day), as the center of Filipinos in the Bay. In contrast to what was then a very homogenous (read: white) city of Concord, the East Bay was teeming with Filipino culture! My high school friends and … Read More Nickel and Dime
CSU East Bay has always had a soft place in my heart, mostly because of my student organizing days with PACE, PASA and Akbayan, and the formation of Tri-Force back in the day. I’ll be back on the CSU East Bay campus after a decade to talk about my journey and how it informed my writing of the Labor of Care!
A huge part of The Labor of Care was finalized in cafes, restaurants and community meetings in Portland. Organizations like Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, GABRIELA PDX, and Anakbayan PDX were political homes for my book and developing the manuscript. I’m so happy to be coming back to the PNW to share the book!
Did you know those lions in front of 42nd St library are called Patience and Fortitude? In grad school, I’d walk the few blocks from The Graduate Center and set myself on those steps to eat lunch and read my seminar’s assigned readings. I never knew they had names. Until so many years later, someone told me that finishing a book took both patience … Read More Patience and Fortitude
It is my great honor and pleasure to come back to CUNY, The Graduate Center to launch The Labor of Care in New York City! When I first came to the Graduate Center to begin my doctoral program, I remember going to a lecture in the Skylight Room and knowing that one day, I’ll come back to this very room to share my work. More … Read More Labor of Care NYC launch
During my fieldwork, the children of migrant mothers (both adults and young people) used this Filipino word, “sukli”, to talk about how they understood the ways they gave back to their mothers abroad. As someone who left the Philippines as a 3rd grader, my Tagalog is sort of stunted there. I’d always known sukli has the change you received when you paid for something. … Read More Sukli: Children Repaying Migrant Mothers
Next week, I get to go back to New York City to do an East coast book launch at my alma mater, The Graduate Center, hosted by the Center for the Study of Women in Society. And I’m so honored to have Premilla Nadasen, author of Household Workers Unite and professor of History at Barnard College, and Lorena Sanchez-McRae, organizer with MIGRANTE NYC and inspiration … Read More Queenila next week!
These first few stops on the National #LaborofCare book tour were really exciting! First time in Colorado, first time building with Filipino professors out here and first time for Cy too! 2 big lessons I’ve learned from this leg of the tour is that (1) mama scholars ain’t no joke, and (2) supportive scholar friends give me life! Since Cy is still breastfeeding, carting … Read More Mama Scholars and Scholar Support System