Rafael, Vince. 2009. Your Grief is our Gossip: Overseas Filipinos and Other Spectral Presences. In, White Love and Other Events in Filipino History: Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press. Rafael “inquire(s) into nationalist attempts at containing the dislocating effects of global capital through the collective mourning of its victims” (204). He argues that this … Continue reading Annotation: Rafael, Vince. 2009. Your Grief is our Gossip
Cheah, Pheng. 2010. Biopower and the New International Division of Reproductive Labor. In, Can the Subaltern Speak? Reflections on the History of an Idea. Pp. 179-212. Rosalind Morris (ed.) New York: Columbia University Press. Cheah reopens Spivak's critique of Foucault by treating Foucauldian biopower as operating in the “new international division of power” … Continue reading Annotation: Cheah, Pheng. 2010. Biopower and the New International Division of Reproductive Labor.
Tadiar, Neferti. 2009. Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization. Durham : Duke University Press. Tadiar “develops a theory and method of reading experience as living labor,” which she hopes will aid the “collective efforts to come to a new understanding of politics in the contemporary global moment” (4). Living labor … Continue reading Annotation: Tadiar, Neferti. 2009. Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization.
Espiritu, Yen Le. 2003. Homebound: Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities, and Countries. Berkeley: University of California Press. The book's focus is on homemaking – the “processes by which diverse subjects imagine and make themselves at home in various geographic locations” (2). Using a “critical transnational perspective,” Espiritu first situates the migration of Filipinos to … Continue reading Annotation: Espiritu, Yen Le. 2003. Homebound: Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities, and Countries.
Pratt, Geraldine. 2012. Families Apart: Migrant Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Based on long-term activist research with the Philippine Women Center-BC, the book follows a feminist and postcolonial framework to argue against the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) in Canada, which is often promoted with a neoliberal framing … Continue reading Annotation: Pratt, Geraldine. 2012. Families Apart
San Juan, Epifanio. 2000. After Postcolonialism: Remapping Philippines-United States Confrontations. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Essentialists view the Filipino habitus as a “hybrid, syncretic, and variegated creation.” Instead, San Juan argues that the Filipino society is a “historical-political construction.” It is a product of mercantilism, imperialism and monopoly capitalism (2). Taking a Marxist … Continue reading Annotation: San Juan, Epifanio. 2000. After Postcolonialism: Remapping Philippines-US Confrontations
Margold, Jane A. 1995. Narratives of Masculinity and Transnational Migration: Filipino Workers in the Middle East. Aihwa Ong and Michael G. Peletz (eds), Bewitching Women, Pious Men: Gender and Body Politics in Southeast Asia, 274-298. Margold interviews Ilocano labourers working in the Arab Gulf States (permanent or temporary returnees) to investigate how labour migration affects … Continue reading Annotation: Margold, Jane A. 1995. Narratives of Masculinity and Transnational Migration
Barber, Pauline G. 2000. Agency in Philippine Women's Labour Migration and Provisional Diaspora. Women's Studies International Forum, 3(4):399-411. Analyzing three cases of Filipina domestic workers in Canada, Barber argues that while women acquire cultural capital through migration, they remain subject to symbolic violence 1) in their workplace and 2) through “conventions” of Philippine femininity. Barber … Continue reading Annotation: Barber, Pauline G. 2000. Agency in Philippine Women’s Labour Migration
de Jesus, Melinda (ed). 2005. Pinay Power: Theorizing the Filipina/American Experience. New York: Routledge. In this collection of essays by Filipino American peminists, Peminism “signifies the assertion of a specifically Filipina American subjectivity, one that radically repudiates white feminist hegemony as it incorporates the Filipino American oppositional politics” (de Jesus, 5). Peminist theorizing requires the … Continue reading Annotation: de Jesus, Melinda (ed). 2005. Pinay Power
McKay, Deirdre. 2010. On the Face of Facebook: Historical Images and Personhood in Filipino Social Networking. History & Anthropology, 21(4):479-498. Exploring the use of historical images as profile photos by her 43 Filipino “friends” on Facebook, McKay suggests that photographs are not merely “prosthetic biographies” (Cecilia Lury 1988), but are also aspects of others and … Continue reading Annotation: McKay, Deirdre. 2010. On the Face of Facebook