[Blueboard] KK Lecture Series presents Helena Patzer

Department of English [LS] english.soh at ateneo.edu
Wed Feb 15 14:51:50 PHT 2017

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary,
and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila
University will host a lecture by Helena Patzer titled *”Long-Distance
Care: Finding the True Filipino Self, Paying the Debt of Gratitude, and
Maintaining Middle-Class Status."* Enrique Niño P. Leviste will serve as
respondent. The lecture is on Feb. 28, 2017, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at
Faura Hall AVR, Ateneo de Manila University. The lecture is open to the

Patzer’s abstract reads: “Filipino immigration to the United States has for
a long time been a favorite topic of research; however, migrant
professionals have been largely left out of the picture. The lecture will
present an ethnography of the Filipino community in Boston, Massachusetts,
and the ways they engage with the home country. The main focus will be a
non-governmental development organization, Gawad Kalinga (GK). The
organization attracts many Filipino-Americans; involvement with GK is seen
as the epitome of being a good immigrant. Such engagement usually comes
after the immigrant’s family needs are already settled. An analysis of the
rhetoric and practices of care present in the organization, mirroring the
practices described in the context of family long-distance care, will be
used, in order to compare these two fields of migrant activity.

"These two streams of transnational care are shaped by the changing
position of the migrant in the sending country, and with the process of
reaching a higher social position abroad. While family connections are an
indispensable part of the experience of migration in the beginning of a
migrant’s journey and when working as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW);
becoming a long term migrant, a balikbayan, activates the second type of
connections on the level of non-governmental organizations and associations
helping the home country. Through these engagements, they expand their
family care to the context of the community and nation. However, by
becoming benefactors the balikbayans may, often unwillingly, create
patron-client relations with the beneficiaries of their support.”

About the lecturer

Helena Patzer is a cultural anthropologist, currently a post-doctoral
researcher at the Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences in
Prague, and a lecturer at the Department of Anthropology at the University
of Warsaw. Her PhD, defended at the University of Warsaw, was a study of
Filipino middle-class professionals in the US and their involvement with
the home country (“Long-Distance Care: The Practice of Sustaining
Transnational Ties by Filipino Immigrants in Boston”). Her main interests
are migration, transnationalism, and long-distance intimacy; the critical
anthropology of development; urban studies; and research methodology. She
is the author of four edited volumes, among them *Pretextual Ethnographies:
Challenging the Phenomenological Level of Anthropological
Knowledge-Making* (co-edited
with T. Rakowski). She is also the director of an ethnographic film *Money
Tree*, which describes long-distance intimacy in Filipino migrant families
(Poland 2013). While an Erasmus-Mundus Post-doctoral Fellow at Development
Studies, Ateneo de Manila University (Oct. 2016 to Apr. 2017), she is
working on a research project “Conflicting Heritage(s): Gentrification,
Modernization, and the Reinvention of the Past in the Heart of Manila.”

About the respondent

Enrique Niño P. Leviste is an Assistant Professor from the Department of
Sociology and Anthropology at the Ateneo de Manila University. He is
currently the Associate Director for Research at the Institute of
Philippine Culture.

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