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Work of Mothering : Globalization and the Filipino Diaspora (Paperback) (Harrod J. Suarez)

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Women make up a majority of the Filipino workforce laboring overseas. Their frequent employment in nurturing, maternal jobs--nanny, maid, caretaker, nurse--has found expression in a significant but understudied body of Filipino and Filipino American literature and cinema. Harrod J. Suarez's innovative readings of this cultural production explores issues of diaspora, gender, and labor. He details the ways literature and cinema play critical roles in encountering, addressing, and problematizing what we think we know about overseas Filipina workers. Though often seen as compliant subjects, the Filipina mother can also destabilize knowledge production that serves the interests of global empire, capitalism, and Philippine nationalism. Suarez examines canonical writers like Nick Joaquín, Carlos Bulosan, and Jessica Hagedorn to explore this disruption and understand the maternal specificity of the construction of overseas Filipina workers. The result is readings that develop new ways of thinking through diasporic maternal labor that engages with the sociological imaginary.
Number of Pages: 209.0
Genre: Social Science
Series Title: The Asian American Experience
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
Author: Harrod J. Suarez
Language: English
Street Date: October 16, 2017
TCIN: 52736542
UPC: 9780252082962
Item Number (DPCI): 248-46-7033

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