TORONTO, November 14, 2016 – The experiences of Filipino immigrants living in the US and those living in Canada will be compared and contrasted at a York University workshop today, even as the topic of immigration continues to heat up the post-election news.
The workshop, “Transnational Filipinx Studies: Comparing the Philippine Diaspora in Canada and in the United States”, will bring together academics, activists and community members. The program will address the similarities and differences in the immigration histories, life trajectories and settlement experiences of both immigrant and nonimmigrant Filipinos residing in neighbouring countries.
Organizer Ethel Tungohan, assistant professor of politics and social science at York, says the workshop will harness the collective expertise of migration experts and community members together to critically assess issues of citizenship and belonging.
York presenters at the workshop will include Professor Russ Patrick Alcedo in the Department of Dance, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design; Professor Philip Kelly, director of the York Centre for Asian Research; and Conely de Leon, a PhD candidate in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.
Asian American studies Professor Robyn Rodriguez, University of California, Davis, will deliver the keynote speech at 4pm. Her groundbreaking book, Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labor to the World, sheds light on how states like the Philippines have different government branches facilitating the export of their nationals abroad.
WHAT: Workshop “Transnational Filipinx Studies: Comparing the Philippine Diaspora in Canada and the United States”; keynote speech by Professor Robyn Rodriguez, University of California, Davis
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 14, 9:30am to 5pm
WHERE: Founders College Assembly Hall (FC 152), York University, Keele campus (building #50 on map)
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