Tricky Contracts in Precarious Times: Filipino Teachers in China

Abstract: China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” has the internationalization of education through the English language as its strong agenda. In December 2018, the Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippines released the official guidelines for deploying Filipino teachers to China. News sources indicate that about 2,000 Filipino teachers will be recruited to work in … Continue reading Tricky Contracts in Precarious Times: Filipino Teachers in China

Anthropologifs @ Mabini Projects (April 6-May 5, 2018)

Some pieces from my Anthropologifs series are appearing at a group show curated by Kristofer Ardeña. The exhibit opens tomorrow at the Mabini Gallery in Manila. Text from the Gallery: /Conversations/Positions/ is a series of exhibitions guest-curated by artist-curators: artists who curate. MABINI PROJECTS invites artist-curators who are also part of collectives, artist-run- spaces, transitory spaces and … Continue reading Anthropologifs @ Mabini Projects (April 6-May 5, 2018)

Wasting Time: Anthropology of the Hometown

Presented at the American Anthropological Association Meetings 2017, Washington, D.C., for the panel Writing Home: Unpacking Experiences of Distance and Displacement.   My fieldsite and hometown, Nabua, is nestled in the central riverine basin of the Bicol Peninsula in the southeast of Luzon Island, Philippines. Nabua’s moniker is linked to the historical events of 1901, when, … Continue reading Wasting Time: Anthropology of the Hometown