By Tulud Cruz
Drawing at the event of migrant ladies family staff, theological ethics, and liberationist theologies, this publication deals an intercultural theology of migration that arises from the (dis)continuities, (im)mobilities, and (dis)empowerment embedded in
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She is (also) given more responsibilities inside the house because of the expectation that women should learn how to do household work [which] society view[s] as inferior work . . the girl-child is [then] socialized to be limited in her future options . . 57 A Filipino daughter, once she is able, is expected to assist her mother in fulfilling the shared tasks of womanhood—the work of the household, the work of nurturance. Through gendered responsibility training—a hallmark of Filipino child-rearing practices, which begins early and accomplished systematically, especially when it comes to girls—daughters are trained to be domestic, indoor, and nurturant by being assigned to various tasks that 56 Ma.
From the early 1970s to the 1990s Hong Kong was the consistent destination of Filipina DHs, who were favored because of their facility with the English language. Their earliest employers were mostly expatriate diplomats and businessmen. 10 Today majority of the employers of the DHs are middle class Chinese. 12 Their sheer number makes them not only the dominant FDH. , also make up the largest ethnic migrant group. But despite all the seeming advantages life for these itinerant Filipinas is still marked by oppression.
It appeals to mothers’ feeling guilty about the possibility of inflicting permanent traumas upon their children on account of their having to take on jobs outside the home. See John Bowlby, Child Care and the Growth of Love (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1965), 77–8, as cited in Barbara Rogers, The Domestication of Women: Discrimination in Developing Societies (London: Tavistock Publications, 1980), 23–4. 71 Overprotection, virtually synonymous to a mother’s love, is one of the most desirable maternal qualities in Filipino culture.
An Intercultural Theology of Migration by Tulud Cruz