Workshop addresses immigration stories of Filipino groups

York University will host a collaborative workshop entitled “Transnational Filipinx Studies: Comparing the Philippine Diaspora in Canada and in the United States” on Nov. 14.

filipinxDuring this day-long workshop, academics, migrant activists and community members will come together to address the similarities and differences in the immigration histories, life trajectories and the experiences of settlement and belonging of different groups of Filipino im/migrants in the United States and Canada.

York presenters at the workshop include R. Patrick Alcedo (dance), Philip Kelly (geography) and Conely de Leon (gender, feminist and women’s studies).

Robyn Rodriguez (University of California, Davis), whose groundbreaking book Migrants for Export: How the Philippine State Brokers Labour to the World sheds light on how sending states like the Philippines have different government branches facilitating the export of its nationals abroad, will deliver a keynote speech at the end of the workshop.

Her talk will take place at 4pm in Room 152, Assembly Hall, Founders College.

Organizer Ethel Tungohan, assistant professor of politics and social science at York, describes this workshop as groundbreaking because it “harnesses the collective expertise of migration experts and community members together to critically assess issues of citizenship and belonging.”

Registration is requested and can be done through tiny.cc/filipinx.

This event is generously sponsored by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York Centre for Asian Research, Global Labour Research Centre and the Centre for Feminist Research, with support from Founders College.

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