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An Intercultural Theology of Migration by Tulud Cruz

By Tulud Cruz

Drawing at the adventure of migrant ladies household staff, theological ethics, and liberationist theologies, this ebook bargains an intercultural theology of migration that arises from the (dis)continuities, (im)mobilities, and (dis)empowerment embedded in

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2, No. 2 (February 1996): 26–7. Also basic to the Maria Clara debate is the perceived violation of the Spanish-inculcated cherishing of the utter simplicity and “virginal look” of the woman, whose respectability is heavily based on how she “femininely” dresses and presents or carries herself in public. 69 Chit Rosqueta-Valencia, “I am a Filipina,” TNT Hong Kong Vol. 2, No. 7 (September 1996): 16. 38 chapter one becomes like a millstone hanging over their neck. 70 They feel guilty they have left their children in the care of others, while they take care of the children of others.

Women send higher proportions of their earnings and their remittances, on average, represent a larger percentage of total household income in areas of origin than is the case among men. . 61 58 They are trained and expected to be matulungin sa bahay (helpful in the house), masinop sa gamit (orderly with possessions), malinis sa katawan (neat and clean with their body), and mahilig magsimba (loves going to Mass). Even games that girls play or made to play are gendered. Bahay-bahayan (playing house) is the most popular, followed by lutu-lutuan (cooking).

Through gendered responsibility training—a hallmark of Filipino child-rearing practices, which begins early and accomplished systematically, especially when it comes to girls—daughters are trained to be domestic, indoor, and nurturant by being assigned to various tasks that 56 Ma. Emma Concepcion D. , “How We Raise Our Daughters and Sons: Child Rearing and Gender Socialization in the Philippines,” Philippine Journal of Psychology Vol. 35, Nos. 1–2 (June–December 2002): 163–4. 57 Mary John Mananzan, OSB, The Woman Question in the Philippines (Manila: Institute of Women’s Studies, 1997), 5.

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