2.1.2 “She showed me Hawaiʻi”: Finding Women in Early Filipino Labor Migration History
10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Fri Feb 12, 2021
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*Outstanding Abstract Award*

Conventional Filipino American labor histories often depict a “bachelor society” of restless migrant laborers, even though Filipinas also traveled and transgressed social, cultural, and gendered borders. Using underexamined published sources and manuscripts, this study seeks to find migrant Filipina voices in the period prior to 1965, focusing on Hawaiʻi as a place of gendered encounters. Through a multi-disciplinary approach that examines the many intersecting identities at play in women’s transpacific crossings, these stories also reveal the agency of Filipinas as they negotiate their place between motherland and empire.

Adrian Ellis Alarilla History, UH Mānoa & EWC


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