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Charity Begins at Home: Philanthropy, Remittances, and Filipino Diaspora

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Asian American Studies Department
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Asian American Studies

L. Joyce Mariano

Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate,

Asian American Studies Department

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Charity Begins at Home: Philanthropy, Remittances, and Filipino Diaspora


Thursday, January 24, 2013

3:00-4:00 pm

Asian American Cultural Center Lounge

1210 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL


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Discourses of return to the Philippines mediate larger structures of hope and loss produced by the past four decades of international migration.  This presentation explores representations of diasporic social and economic returns, or, more specifically, ways that Filipinos give back to the Philippines.  It focuses on the discursive production of the two iconic figures of Filipino mobility through their characteristic modes of return: the Filipino American by way of philanthropy and the overseas migrant worker through remittances.  While Filipino Americans and itinerant migrant workers are traditionally seen as competing figures, largely in terms of their loyalty to the nation, I argue that they are mutually produced through their giving, particularly through state-sponsored giving structures and initiatives.

Joyce Mariano earned her Ph.D. from the American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.  She is currently a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Asian American Studies Department, where she is working on her book manuscript on the politics of giving in the Filipino American diaspora.

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