In the Philippines, a dramatic increase in labor migration has created a large population of transnational migrant families. Thousands of children w grow up apart from one or both parents, as the parents are forced to work outside the country in order to send their children to school, give them access to quality health care, or, in some cases, just provide them with eugh food. While the issue of transnational families has already generated much interest, this book is the first to offer a close look at the lives of the children in these families.Drawing on in-depth interviews with the family members left behind, the author examines two dimensions of the transnational family. First, she looks at the impact of distance on the intergenerational relationships, specifically from the children's perspective. She then analyzes gender rms in these families, both their reifications and transgressions in transnational households. Ackwledging that geographical separation unavoidably strains family intimacy, Parrenas argues that the maintenance of traditional gender ideologies exacerbates and sometimes even creates the tensions that plague many Filipi migrant families.
Rhacel Salazar Parrenas is Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Servants of Globalization: Women, Migration, and Domestic Work (Stanford, 2001).