No other nation arguably relies on remittances from its overseas citizens as much as the Philippines does. Initially intended as a stop-gap measure during the declining years of the Marcos regime (the same way it had worked for South Korea), the strategy of deploying local workers to take advantage of foreign employment opportunities transmuted into industrial-scale labor export, eventually becoming the country’s only viable means of production after the collapse of medium-scale industries brought about by neoliberal economic policies imposed by the International Monetary Fund in the wake of the late-1990s Asian financial crisis. Current World Bank data evince that although a few other countries (e.g. China or India) earn more from their own nationals who work overseas, these countries also support sizeable migrant-worker populations who in turn remit significant amounts of money to their home countries. Moreover, the income provided by these countries’ overseas workers enhances, rather than bolsters, their countries’ economic performance, in contrast with the Philippine situation.
The presence of diasporic Filipino communities in several countries all over the world constitutes a network of citizens with complicated and occasionally conflicted identities – nostalgic for home yet resentful at the reality that no feasible work opportunity can be found therein, setting up long-term familial arrangements in countries where they will remain alienated even from their own offspring, hoping for an end to a crisis condition as second-class citizens where the promise of betterment may lie in turning one’s back on a lifelong system of beliefs and structure of feeling.
Plaridel invites media scholars to provide appraisals of media imaging, practice, and consumption among the Pinoy diaspora. Article proposals should be submitted electronically to the issue editor at email@example.com no later than March 31, 2013. Any contribution will be acknowledged within 48 hours of receipt. Authors whose proposals are accepted should finalize their articles (5,000 to 6,000 words including references and [a minimum of] notes, using APA style) on or before August 31, 2013, following a template to be provided by the editor. These articles will then undergo the standard process of blind peer review for academic journals.
Proposals should consist of no longer than a one-page submission, comprising the following: title of the submission; name(s) of the author(s); topic area of the submission; two or three keywords that describe the submission; mailing address(es) and e-mail address(es); and a single-paragraph description, no longer than 150 words, of the prospective paper. For further inquiries, please contact the issue editor of Plaridel at firstname.lastname@example.org. The journal may accept a contribution in Filipino, but authors should be ready to provide or support the cost of a full professional translation in English.