This Week in Southeast Asian Studies (TWISEA)
September 4, 2015
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“My interest in researching children and migration stem from my effort to understand how I am intricately linked to the migration movements on both sides of my family,” wrote Cheryll Alipio.
This week, we will hear from Cheryll Alipio. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from UW in 2009. Currently, she’s a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Anthropology at the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. We’re grateful that Cheryll took a moment to share with us her personal story as well as her research.
Cheryll’s dissertation research was “as much a personal endeavor as it is an academic one.” She explained, “My maternal great-grandparents and my paternal great-uncles were recruited to respectively work in Hawaii’s sugarcane plantations and around the agricultural fields surrounding my hometown of Salinas, California, known as the ‘Salad Bowl of the World.’” And as she witnessed “the struggles and sacrifices, the responsibilities and realities, of migration,” her research “turned to making sense of the capitalist complexities surrounding transnational migration and of the affective labor involved in restructuring families.”
As a Filipino American, Cheryll found conducting fieldwork in the Philippines extremely difficult. She wrote, “[A]s a young, single educated woman and Filipino American, I underestimated the impact of my multiple identities when I first went out to the field.” But she has a very good advice for students conducting fieldwork. “While this is probably commonsense, I learned the hard way despite being very well-meaning: how you represent and portray yourself leaves a profound impression on people and influences the way they respond to you,” she wrote.  
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