[Blueboard] Books on migration, globalization at the Manila International Bookfair

maricor baytion alunsina2005 at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 25 15:25:38 PHT 2006

  The Ateneo de Manila University Press presents books with new and nuanced perspectives about the myriad aspects of migration and globalization, at the Manila International Bookfair, August 30 to September 3, at the World Trade Center, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. Bookfair hours are 10 am to 8 pm.
  Negotiating Globalization in Asia by the Ateneo Center for Asian Studies is a collection of conference papers which show that although globalization influences and impacts on identities and perspectives, it is local realities that ultimately determine the local features of this globalized world. 
  Satanic Mills or Silicon Islands?, a book on the politics of high-tech production in the Philippines by Stephen McKay, challenges the myth of globalization's homogenizing power, looks at the rise of privatized export processing zones, shows the Philippine state's revamped role in the wider politics of global production, and gives voice to women workers on and beyond the new shop floor. 
  Underground in Japan by Rey Ventura zeroes in on Filipino day laborers in a Japanese suburb called Kotobuki. They are called “Standing Men” because every day they have to stand in line as they wait to be chosen to work in a construction site or shipyard or wherever there is work to be done. Amidst the humiliation and risks and dangers they face every day, it is possible for them to consider Kotobuki as “paradise.”
  Children of Global Migration by Rhacel Parrenas looks at how migrant work has both challenged and reinforced traditional roles of men and women; how children of OFW parents are coping with emotional difficulties and why it is important to have greater community responsibility in their care; and how institutions, agencies and individuals need to change their perspective of gender roles as more and more transnational families are created by the new global order.
  Global Divas by Martin F. Manalansan IV is a vivid ethnography of the global and transnational dimensions of gay identity as lived by Filipino immigrants in New York City. The study shows how the experiences of diasporic gay Filipinos help make us understand larger issues attending globalization, export of Filipino labor, and formation of subcultures within the diaspora.
  Finally, Deglobalization by Walden Bello points to the manifest failings of the intenational bodies that have promoted the prevailing economic globalization, and argues for a much more fundamental shift toward a decentralized, pluralistic system of global economic governance allowing countries to follow development strategies sensitive to their own values and particular mix of constraints and opportunities.
  Thank you and we hope to see you at the bookfair.


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