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
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
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
My Mama approached me, next in line for those who wanted a signed copy of The Labor of Care. Her hands were full. She had bought four copies of the book. With a grin on her face, she said, “I’m giving some to my friends.” My biggest fan. Little did she know, I was her biggest fan. I breathed in a sigh of relief, happy … Read More A revolutionary care filled the room
The co-book launching of The Labor of Care and A Nation on the Line was amazing! The Bayanihan Community Center in the heart of SOMA Pilipinas was buzzing with chatter amongst scholars from the nearby Association for Asian American Studies conference, children playing, community and family members, activists and organizers from the Filipino community in the Bay Area, in particularly the MALAYA Movement against dictatorship and killings, and … Read More Launched!
Today, I got to hold my book in my hands. Finally, tangible. The stories of migrant workers, mothers and their families in between these pages are so important. They have so many lessons to tell us about surviving neoliberal conditions of separation—more importantly, lessons about organizing and thriving. I feel so proud (and scared) to share it with the world! Come and celebrate with … Read More Book in hand!
An amazing review of Labor of Care from long-time scholar activist and full professor at UC Davis, Robyn Magalit Rodriguez! Rodriguez is the author of several books Migrants for Export and In Lady Liberty’s Shadow, books about the life, trials and resilience of migrants.
Ai-Jen Poo is the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is a 2014 recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award and her book, The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America was released in February 2015. In 2010, Domestic Workers United, where she was a former lead organizer, was instrumental in New York state passing the Domestic Workers … Read More Ai-Jen Poo Reviews The Labor of Care
(Photo in New York Magazine, 2007) Teaching about Transnational Families In my global sociology class, I teach a unit on migration and mobility, both of capital and people. The unit covers the multinational corporation and flexible labor, export processing zones and zones of sovereignty, constraints on people over capital and ends with the transnational family as a permutation of transnational life engendered by increasing … Read More Teaching about Transnational Families