By Nicola Piper, Mina Roces
This quantity demanding situations the dominant discourse that perceives Asian ladies as both _mail-order_ brides or out of the country employees. supplying the 1st sustained critique of the synthetic analytical department among brides and staff, the ebook demonstrates women's transition from brides to staff and from staff to brides. concentrating on how ladies employees use marriage as a technique to achieve citizenship and the way migrants for marriage develop into employees, the authors current those sleek Asian ladies of their multidimensional roles as other halves, staff, moms, and voters.
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Of the forty, eight had come to Canada via the LCP and two of these women were still worlung under the LCP at the time of the interview. Seven of the forty had worked in other countries as domestics before coming to Canada. Thirty-two of the women had university degrees. Of the twenty-one women in the study who worked outside the home, they were in service-sector jobs such as store clerk, chambermaid, babysitter, or domestic worker. Though this sample may not be representative of all Filipina migrants, it does suggest that women involved in international marriages are well educated but employed in Canada in noncommensurate,“feminized” service-sector positions.
Neither investment offers the same possibility for generating income for the household, nor the same social status as working overseas, even as a contract domestic. Thus, for Filipina migrants, once abroad, the pressures to remain overseas and find another contract are strong. On completing a contract in Hong Kong or Singapore,for example, and not wanting to return to the Philippines, a migrant woman can explore several options. The strategies deployed to remain abroad extend well beyond “labor market” opportunities in the narrow sense.
Even though we have a good education, it doesn’t matter to them. They only can control us because they have the money and power, of course, here in Canada. Filipinas in Canada 43 So then I got married. Afier a year of marriage, I got pregnant. I have a daughter, but I find it hard, I feel like I was a maid-I don’t have any power at all. I was isolated; I can’t have a Filipino friend. Then I started going to counseling and I had my self-esteem again. I’m a Filipina and I should leave my husband.
Wife or Worker? Asian Women & Migration by Nicola Piper, Mina Roces