[Blueboard] Transnational Migration: A Two-Part Special Issue of PSHEV

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Transnational Migration: A Two-Part Special Issue of
*Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints*

Part 1, "Class Identity and Marital Intimacy"

Vol. 60, no. 2 (June 2012) carries ethnographies focusing on issues of  
social class and marital intimacies in Canada, Japan, the Ilocos, and  
Metro Manila. Here the contributors take the vantage point of either  
the origin or destination of migrants. At the origin, one author  
examines the tension felt by middle-class citizens of Metro Manila  
between desiring to emigrate and wanting to stay, while another probes  
seafarers' wives in Ilocos Norte and how they deal with their  
husbands' absence, particularly through fleeting but intimate modes of  
overseas communication.

At the destination, one author interrogates the various dimensions of  
social class as these pertain to Filipino migrants in Canada, while  
another investigates marital intimacy and how religion becomes a motif  
in marriages between Japanese men and Filipina migrants in Japan. In  
all cases, the dynamics are embedded in transnational networks of  
social ties that traverse state and geographic borders, connecting  
migrants and nonmigrants in both origin and destination.

Part 2, "Imperial and Personal Histories"

In vol. 60, no. 3 (Sept 2012), one author explores the transnational  
history behind the complex anti-Filipino riots in the US in the 1930s  
and its relationship to the Philippine independence movement. Another  
author analyzes the type of conventional history that is told in the  
homes of Filipino migrants to the US, which raises questions as to how  
Filipino American performance poets acquired the alternative history  
that is critical of the official narrative. A comparison with Puerto  
Rican homes in the US is made.

One author focuses on a group of migrants who were born in Okinawa of  
Filipino-Japanese parentage soon after the Second World War. Their  
families then moved to the Philippines where they were raised, but as  
adults they moved back to Okinawa. They have acquired Japanese  
citizenship but cannot speak the Japanese language, only English and  
Tagalog. Some were anti-Marcos activists who have found a haven in the  
US military bases in Okinawa.

Why did it take a dictator like Ferdinand Marcos to grant Philippine  
citizenship to ethnic Chinese in the Philippines? The history behind  
this complex development in the 1970s is revealed in an interview with  
Benito O. Lim, whose personal history intersects with the broad  
currents of history.

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