Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility

Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility


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The Philippines became Canada’s largest source of short- and long-term migrants in 2010, surpassing China and India, both of which are more than ten times larger. The fourth-largest racialized minority group in the country, the Filipino community is frequently understood by such figures as the victimized nanny, the selfless nurse, and the gangster youth. On one hand, these narratives concentrate attention, in narrow and stereotypical ways, on critical issues. On the other, they render other problems facing Filipino communities invisible.

This landmark book, the first wide-ranging edited collection on Filipinos in Canada, explores gender, migration and labour, youth spaces and subjectivities, representation and community resistance to certain representations. Looking at these from the vantage points of anthropology, cultural studies, education, geography, history, information science, literature, political science, sociology, and women and gender studies, Filipinos in Canada provides a strong foundation for future work in this area.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442645400
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Roland Sintos Coloma is a professor and chair in the Department of Teacher Education at Northern Kentucky University.

Bonnie McElhinny is Principal of New College, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, and former Director of the Women and Gender Studies Institute.

Ethel Tungohan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.

John Paul C. Catungal is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geographyand Program in Planning at the University of Toronto.

Lisa M. Davidson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

List of Tables xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Part 1 Difference and Recognition

1 Spectres of (In)visibility: Filipina/o Labour, Culture, and Youth in Canada Bonnie McElhinny Lisa M. Davidson John Paul C. Catungal Ethel Tungohan Roland Sintos Coloma 5

2 Filipino Canadians in the Twenty-First Century: The Politics of Recognition in a Transnational Affect Economy Eleanor Ty 46

3 Filipino Immigrants in the Toronto Labour Market: Towards an Understanding of Deprofessionalization Philip F. Kelly Mila Astorga-Garcia Enrico F. Esguerra 68

My Folks Carlo Sayo Jean Marc Daga 89

Part 2 Gender, Migration, and Labour

SCRAP Reuben Sarumugam Bryan Taguba 94

4 The Recruitment of Filipino Healthcare Professionals to Canada in the 1960s Valerie G. Damasco 97

5 The Rites of Passage of Filipinas in Canada: Two Migration Cohorts Josephine Eric 123

6 (Res)sentiment and Practices of Hope: The Labours of Filipina Live-In Caregivers in Filipino Canadian Families Lisa M. Davidson 142

7 Debunking Notions of Migrant 'Victirnhood': A Critical Assessment of Temporary Labour Migration Programs and Filipina Migrant Activism in Canada Ethel Tungohan 161

8 Toronto Filipino Businesses, Ethnic Identity, and Place Making in the Diaspora Cesar Polvorosa 181

9 Between Society and individual, Structure and Agency, Optimism and Pessimism: New Directions for Philippine Diasporic and Transnational Studies Leonora C. Angeles 201

Part 3 Representation and Its Discontents

Balikbayan Express Celia Correa 220

10 Meet Me in Toronto: The Re-exhibition of Artifacts from the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition at the Royal Ontario Museum Bonnie McElhinny 223

11 From the Pearl of the Orient to Uptown: A Collaborative Arts-Based inquiry with Filipino Youth Activists in Montreal Marissa Largo 243

12 Borrowing Privileges: Tagalog, Filipinos, and the Toronto Public Library Vernon R. Totanes 265

13 Abject Beings: Filipina/os in Canadian Historical Narrations Roland Sintos Coloma 284

14 Between the Sheets Geraldine Pratt 305

Part 4 Youth Spaces and Subjectivities

Colour Correction Eric B. Tigley 318

15 Scales of Violence from the Body to the Globe: Slain Filipino Youth in Canadian Cities John Paul C. Catungal 321

16 Kapisanan: Resigrufying Diasporic Post/colonial Art and Artists Christine Balmes 341

17 Educated Minorities: The Experiences of Filipino Canadian University Students Maureen Grace Mendoza 360

18 Mas Maputi Ako sa 'yo (I'm lighter than you): The Spatial Politics of Intraracial Colourism among Filipina/o Youth in the Greater Toronto Area Conely De Leon 382

19 The Social Construction of 'Filipina/o Studies': Youth Spaces and Subjectivities Jeffrey P. Aguinaldo 402

Part 5 Afterword

20 Contemplating New Spaces in Canadian Studies Minelle Mahtani David Roberts 417

Contributors 427

Index 435

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