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For generations, migration moved in one direction at a time: migrants to host countries, and money to families left behind. The Labor of Care argues that globalization has changed all that. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez spent five years alongside a group of working migrant mothers. Drawing on interviews and up-close collaboration with these women, Francisco-Menchavez looks a For generations, migration moved in one direction at a time: migrants to host countries, and money to families left behind. The Labor of Care argues that globalization has changed all that. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez spent five years alongside a group of working migrant mothers. Drawing on interviews and up-close collaboration with these women, Francisco-Menchavez looks at the sacrifices, emotional and material consequences, and recasting of roles that emerge from family separation. She pays particular attention to how technologies like Facebook, Skype, and recorded video open up transformative ways of bridging distances while still supporting traditional family dynamics. As she shows, migrants also build communities of care in their host countries. These chosen families provide an essential form of mutual support. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of today's transnational family sundered, yet inexorably linked over the distances by timeless emotions and new forms of intimacy.


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For generations, migration moved in one direction at a time: migrants to host countries, and money to families left behind. The Labor of Care argues that globalization has changed all that. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez spent five years alongside a group of working migrant mothers. Drawing on interviews and up-close collaboration with these women, Francisco-Menchavez looks a For generations, migration moved in one direction at a time: migrants to host countries, and money to families left behind. The Labor of Care argues that globalization has changed all that. Valerie Francisco-Menchavez spent five years alongside a group of working migrant mothers. Drawing on interviews and up-close collaboration with these women, Francisco-Menchavez looks at the sacrifices, emotional and material consequences, and recasting of roles that emerge from family separation. She pays particular attention to how technologies like Facebook, Skype, and recorded video open up transformative ways of bridging distances while still supporting traditional family dynamics. As she shows, migrants also build communities of care in their host countries. These chosen families provide an essential form of mutual support. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of today's transnational family sundered, yet inexorably linked over the distances by timeless emotions and new forms of intimacy.

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    Angela

    Happy Asian-American Heritage Month! This year, the class I joined was assigned to read "The Labor of Care" for my Filipinx-American Experiences class in Asian Interdisciplinary Studies 400X at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with Professor Constancio Arnaldo. I was also assigned to write an essay about it, and I titled it "How Transnationalism Changed The Lives of Filipinx Families" and to say the least, this book is something I'll carry for the rest of my life. Never have I read something n Happy Asian-American Heritage Month! This year, the class I joined was assigned to read "The Labor of Care" for my Filipinx-American Experiences class in Asian Interdisciplinary Studies 400X at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with Professor Constancio Arnaldo. I was also assigned to write an essay about it, and I titled it "How Transnationalism Changed The Lives of Filipinx Families" and to say the least, this book is something I'll carry for the rest of my life. Never have I read something nor had anyone talk so accurately about the lives of Filipina migrants and transnational Filipinx families. Please give this book a read and also my essay on it! And thank you, Professor Francisco-Menchavez, for your honest research and work. https://medium.com/@angelatampol/how-...

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