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Robyn Magalit Rodriguez

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665273

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665273.001.0001

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The Philippine Domestic

The Philippine Domestic

Gendered Labor, Family, and the Nation-State

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(p.93) 5 The Philippine Domestic
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Migrants for Export
Author(s):

Robyn Magalit Rodriguez

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665273.003.0005

This chapter is concerned with public debates about women’s migration that plagued the Philippines throughout the 1990s. The fact that women’s out-migration as domestic workers improved faster than that of male migrants’ prompted public debates about whether the Philippines should reduce or improve its regulation of women’s emigration. The perceived “shame” brought to the Philippines’ global status by women’s out-migration as domestic workers heightened various nationalist anxieties, which spurred mass protests after the hanging of Filipina domestic worker Flor Contemplacion. The chapter also explores the gendered consequences resulting from the new migration reforms included in the Act of 1995, in relation to the understandings of nationalism and national belonging as they apply specifically to migrant women.

Keywords:   Philippine women’s migration, domestic workers, Flor Contemplacion, migration reforms, migrant women

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