The UBC Philippine Studies Series,
the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the
Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights
present the open lecture
“Globalizing Asian Women’s Reproductive Labor: Exploitation and Resistance of Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers in Global Cities”
with Dr. Ligaya McGovern, Department of Sociology, Indiana University
Monday May 7, 2012, 3:00 -5:00 pm
Room 121, UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues
About the lecture: The gendered global expansion of capitalism – what neoliberal globalization actually is – requires an abundant supply of women’s cheap labor, including reproductive labor (work done to maintain the household). The export of Filipino women (as well as other Asian women) to work as domestic workers in the global cities such as Hong Kong, Taipei, Vancouver, Rome, Chicago and their forms of resistance provide a context in which we can unravel the complex intersections of various centers of power that commodify migrant women’s work and how they are being contested on a transnational scale. It also offers us insights into how we can critically challenge the gendered-racialized-classed dynamics of neoliberalism and create prospects/hope for change.
For media interviews, contact Beth Dollaga (Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights) at 604.616.3015.