Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility

Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility

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Edited by Roland Sintos Coloma, Bonnie McElhinny, Ethel Tungohan, John Paul C. Catungal, and Lisa M. Davidson
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2012
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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.

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

Bonnie McElhinny is 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.



Part I Difference and Recognition

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

Chapter 2 Filipino Canadians in the Twenty-First Century: The Politics of Recognition in a Transnational Affect Economy
Eleanor Ty (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Chapter 3 Filipino Immigrants in the Toronto Labour Market: Towards a Qualitative Understanding of Deprofessionalization
Philip F. Kelly (York University), Mila Astorga-Garcia (Community Alliance for Social Justice), Enrico F. Esguerra (Community Alliance for Social Justice), and the Community Alliance for Social Justice, Toronto

My Folks
Carlo Sayo (Sinag Bayan (Light of the Nation) Cultural Arts Collective) and Jean Marc Daga (SIKLAB Ontario)

Part II Gender, Migration, and Labour

Reuben Sarumugam (Magkaisa Centre) and Bryan Taguba

Chapter 4 The Recruitment of Philippine-trained Healthcare Professionals to Canada in the 1960s
Valerie G. Damasco (University of Toronto)

Chapter 5 The Rites of Passage of Filipinas in Canada: Two Migration Cohorts
Josephine Eric (Migrant Workers Family Resource Centre)

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

Chapter 7 Debunking Notions of Migrant “Victimhood”: A Critical Assessment of Temporary Labour Migration Programs and Filipina Migrant Activism in Canada
Ethel Tungohan (University of Toronto)

Chapter 8 Toronto Filipino Businesses, Ethnic Identity, and Place Making in the Diaspora
Cesar Polvorosa, Jr. (York University)

Chapter 9 Between Society and Individual, Structure and Agency, Optimism and Pessimism: New Directions for Philippine Diasporic and Transnational Studies
Leonora C. Angeles (University of British Columbia )

Part III Representation and Its Discontents

Balikbayan Express
Celia Correa (University of Toronto)

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

Chapter 11 From the Pearl of the Orient to Uptown: A Collaborative Arts-Based Inquiry with Filipino Youth Activists in Montréal
Marissa Largo (University of Toronto)

Chapter 12 Borrowing Privileges: Tagalog, Filipinos, and the Toronto Public Library
Vernon R. Totanes (University of Toronto)

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

Chapter 14 Between the Sheets
Geraldine Pratt (University of British Columbia)

Part IV Youth Spaces and Subjectivities

Colour Correction
Eric Tigley (Youth Education through Interactive Arts)

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

Chapter 16 Kapisanan: Resignifying Diasporic Post/colonial Art and Artists
Christine Balmes (University of Toronto)

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

Chapter 18 “Mas Maputi Ako sa ‘yo” (“I’m lighter than you”): The Spatial Politics of Intrarracial Colorism among Filipina/o Youth in the Greater Toronto Area
Conely de Leon (York University)

Chapter 19 The Social Construction of “Filipino Studies”: Youth Spaces and Subjectivities
Jeffrey P. Aguinaldo (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Part V Afterword

Chapter 20 Contemplating New Spaces in Canadian Studies
Minelle Mahtani (University of Toronto) and David Roberts (University of Toronto)