Migration as a Strategy for Maintaining a Middle-Class Identity: The Case of Professional Filipino Women in Melbourne

Limpangog, C 2013, 'Migration as a Strategy for Maintaining a Middle-Class Identity: The Case of Professional Filipino Women in Melbourne', Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 307-329.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Migration as a Strategy for Maintaining a Middle-Class Identity: The Case of Professional Filipino Women in Melbourne
Author(s) Limpangog, C
Year 2013
Journal name Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies
Volume number 6
Issue number 2
Start page 307
End page 329
Total pages 23
Publisher Society for South-East Asian Studies,Gesellschaft fuer Suedostasienwissenschaften
Abstract This paper surveys the diverse motives of professional Filipino immigrant women in Melbourne, Australia. In-depth interviews of 20 women reveal that their mosaic of motives challenges the traditional notion of economic advancement framed within the household theory, or ideas of purely individualistic pursuits. Their movements were facilitated through the intersection of established families and social networks in Australia, and the possession of skills required by the immigration department, defying the mail order bride stereotype that was projected on almost all Filipino women in the 1980s. It is argued that migration provided a bridge to more liberating quality of life, enabling them either to recover their declining middle-class status in the Philippines or to explore an alternative lifestyle in the new context.
Subject Gender Specific Studies
Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Keyword(s) Australia
Gender
Lifestyle
Philippines
Skilled Migration
DOI - identifier 10.4232/10.ASEAS-6.2-5
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