Examining how the Filipino diaspora in Canada engages with the Philippines through care, solidarity and alternative economies.
In this collaborative research project we are interested in transnational economic practices that fall outside either the mainstream economy of corporate trade and investment or the private flows of remittances between family members. We are instead seeking those linkages that depend on the social networks created by migration and which generate or promote collectivized or non-monetized forms of well-being. This includes: humanitarian fundraising for typhoon victims; collective financing of social infrastructure such as school or clinics; the donation of volunteer skilled labour by members of the Filipino diaspora who return to the Philippines; networks of unpaid labour to care for children and the elderly; the fostering of alternative economic imaginaries through activism; the creation of channels to export products from small-scale and sustainable enterprises in the Philippines. Our research will profile these kinds of practices, will assess them critically, and will seek to foster the expansion of socially beneficial transnational economic practices. The project is based at the York Centre for Asian Research at York University, Toronto, and it is lead by Philip Kelly. Our core research team includes Leonora Angeles (University of British Columbia, Vancouver), Lynne Milgram (OCAD University, Toronto), Marla Asis (Scalabrini Migration Centre, Quezon City), Jeff Ducanes (University of the Philippines, Quezon City) and Andre Ortega (University of the Philippines, Quezon City). Melissa Gibson is the Manila-based coordinator and research assistant.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
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