Joyce Mariano is the last of our three candidate lecture for the Asian American/Filipino/a American Studies search.
Discourses of return to the Philippines mediate larger structures of hope and loss produced by the past four decades of international migration. This presentation explores representations of diasporic social and economic returns, or, more specifically, ways that Filipinos give back to the Philippines. It focuses on the discursive production of the two iconic figures of Filipino mobility through their characteristic modes of return: the Filipino American by way of philanthropy and the overseas migrant worker through remittances. While Filipino Americans and itinerant migrant workers are traditionally seen as competing figures, largely in terms of their loyalty to the nation, I argue that they are mutually produced through their giving, particularly through state-sponsored giving structures and initiatives.
FRIDAY, December 7