Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global by Grace Chang, Ai-jen Poo, Alicia Garza

By Grace Chang, Ai-jen Poo, Alicia Garza

Contents

Introduction
Breeding lack of knowledge, Breeding Hatred
Chapter 1: Undocumented Latinas: the recent Employable Mother
Chapter 2: The Nanny Visa: The Bracero application Revisited
Chapter three: Immigrants and Workfare staff: Emplyable yet "Not Employed"
Chapter four: the worldwide alternate in Filipina Workers
Conclusion: Gatekeeping and Housekeeping

An Excerpt: Breeding lack of knowledge, Breeding Hatred

In 1994, in the course of one of many worst, yet on no account unheard of, systematic assaults on immigrants to the U.S., immigrants and their allies started wearing T-shirts bearing the face of an indigenous guy and the slogan, "Who are you calling unlawful, Pilgrim?" reflecting indignation on the ignorant and malicious anti-immigrant sentiments of the day. particularly, this was once in direct reaction to a crusade that have been brewing for years in coverage circles and "citizen" teams, culminating in California state's Proposition 187. The initiative proposed to bar undocumented young children from public faculties and switch away undocumented scholars from kingdom faculties and universities. It additionally proposed to disclaim the undocumented an array of public merits and social prone, together with prenatal and preventive care corresponding to immunizations.

While the overt goal of this voter initiative was once to curtail immigration, ostensibly by means of limiting using public advantages and social prone through undocumented immigrants, the true time table in the back of it used to be to criminalize immigrants for possibly getting into the rustic "illegally" and stealing assets from "true" usa voters. extra to the purpose, Proposition 187 got here out of and was once aimed toward perpetuating the parable that every one immigrants are "illegal" at worst and, at most sensible, the reason for our society's and economy's ills.

Throughout US historical past, immigration has been seen and deliberately built as plague, an infection or infestation and immigrants as affliction (social and physical), varmints or invaders. If we glance at modern renowned movies, few subject matters appear to faucet the fears or thrill the yankee mind's eye greater than that of the undying house alien invading the U.S., and statespeople have snatched up this well known snapshot to awaken public help for

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This was a somewhat quixotic reaction, as I thought it quite odd to divide the subjects each of us was to research on the basis of gender alone. I had not given the matter very serious thought before. But once I had proposed the subject, I liked it immediately and have kept doing so since. What fascinated me was the possibility of looking at gender relations from a new angle, one that would contribute to resolve what I felt THE CHILDREN OF THE RURAL POOR 29 was a rather sterile dualism, namely, the dichotomy male/female.

This is why we embarked, approximately halfway through our stay, on devising other, additional methods of work. When we started with ‘systematic observation’ we had reached, I felt, a crucial moment in the research. The method consisted of spending a few hours recording what we saw, following a method described by Oscar Lewis (1951:63–71). Generally I was the one who would sit observing and writing, while either Seethalekshmi, Mohanakumari or, less often, Beefathumma, would ask contextual questions.

I would afterwards discuss with her the interviews she had recorded and translated literally. In this way we started to get more and more 34 CHILDREN’S LIFEWORLDS testimonies of what the children themselves saw and felt were important issues: their work, the drudgery of housekeeping, the wish to earn money and decide how to spend it, their future. They talked about anger and despair, hunger and disease, but also about games, songs, festivals and, above all, about the intense feelings of love and concern they felt for their parents and siblings.

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