On Friday, November 3rd from 12 noon-1pm the Asian American Studies Department will be celebrating recently published book. Migrant Returns, by AAS faculty Eric Pido.
In Migrant Returns Eric J. Pido examines the complicated relationship between the Philippine economy, Manila’s urban development, and balikbayans—Filipino migrants visiting or returning to their homeland—to reconceptualize migration as a process of connectivity. Focusing on the experiences of balikbayans returning to Manila from California, Pido shows how Philippine economic and labor policies have created an economy reliant upon property speculation, financial remittances, and the affective labor of Filipinos living abroad. Now as the initial generation of post-1965 Filipino migrants are beginning to age, they are encouraged to retire in their homeland through various state-sponsored incentives. Yet, once arriving, balikbayans often find themselves in the paradoxical position of being neither foreign nor local. They must reconcile their memories of their Filipino upbringing with American conceptions of security, sociality, modernity, and class as their homecoming comes into collision with the Philippines’ deep economic and social inequality. Tracing the complexity of balikbayan migration, Pido shows that rather than being a unidirectional event marking the end of a journey, migration is a multidirectional and continuous process that results in ambivalence, anxiety, relief, and difficulty.
Migrant Returns will be available for purchase at the event.
Refreshments will be served.