Made in the Philippines: Gendered Discourses and the Making by JAMES A. TYNER

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Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan emerged as the principal destinations. 3 reflects the top ten destinations of Filipino contract workers between 1975 and 2001. Contemporary patterns of overseas employment are also highly feminized. 4 indicates that of all newly hired land-based workers, females have greatly surpassed their male counterparts in terms of total deployment over the past decade. This feminization is further reflected when figures are divided up according to sex and occupation. 5, for example, disaggregates all newly hired land-based Filipino workers by skills category and sex.

Lastly, Chapter 6 calls for a repoliticization of the study of migration. Having challenged certain normative assumptions that currently undergird the study of migration, as well as critiquing the ontological and epistemological basis of the terms “migrant” and “migration,” I conclude this book with directions for a poststructural feminist approach to the study of gendered migration. 1). 9 million Filipinos living abroad with “unauthorized” migration status. 2 shows the distribution of Filipino workers by region.

Entry to newly emerging opportunities” (POEA 1987: 5). An overt concern with the representation of migrant workers is apparent. Government documents especially reflect a concern that any one particular occupation might spoil the image of the “ubiquitous” Filipino worker. In short, the POEA was apprehensive that it might be typecast as a provider of only one type of worker, such as domestic workers. Such a narrow image, it was felt, would jeopardize the POEA’s ability to 39 THE DISCONTINUITIES OF PHILIPPINE MIGRATION exploit more fully other labor niches, such as technical fields.

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