Together But Apart: Care Work in Filipino Transnational Families in the Digital Age

Lecture | September 18 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library | Note change in time

 Valerie Francisco-Menchavez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, San Francisco State University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies

Prof. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez (Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center) will discuss her new book, The Labor of Care: Filipina Migrants and Transnational Families in the Global Digital Age, which explores the dynamics of gender and technology of care work in Filipino transnational families in the Philippines and the U.S.

Anchored in the experiences and lives of Filipina migrants and their families in the Philippines, the main objective of this book is to make visible all of the forms, roles and definitions of domestic labor and care work required to maintain a transnational family; demonstrating just how many people are uniquely affected by migration and separation. It critically explores the current neoliberal moment under which families are forcibly separated wherein the reconfiguration of care in the family is produced through the very neoliberal mechanisms that disperse them around the globe—labor migration and technology. The book looks at the sacrifices, emotional and material consequences, and recasting of roles that emerge from family separation, and pays particular attention to how technologies like Facebook, Skype, and recorded video open up transformative ways of bridging distances while still supporting traditional family dynamics.

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