Organized Panel Session
Filipino migrants constitute one of the largest diasporas globally. Like other migrant groups, they form networks and communities to manage individual and family lives in host society while sustaining homeland ties. Their migration, im/mobility, and transnational lives are contingent upon networks, resources, and modes of communication that may undermine boundaries and borders. The advent of digital technology has transformed how migrants exchange information for migration and settlement, at the same time, manage contact with their families and communities. How has digital media impacted on Filipinos’ sense of identity, belonging and family? How does it facilitate or constrain the migration and settlement of Filipinos across gender, ethnicity, class, and generation?
The proposed panel aims to contribute to the discussion on the role of digital media in the migration, social adaptation, and integration of migrants, through examining cases from Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, and the USA. Employing mixed methods such as nethnography, structured interviews, participant observation, and multi-sited fieldwork, the four papers in this panel aim to compare the social experiences of Filipino domestic workers, wives, and mothers, as well as problematize the opportunities and challenges of conducting migration research in and through digital spaces.