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Vol. 3 (2022): Reverting the Gaze: Resisting Humanism & Hegemony in the West

The Labor of Care

July 8, 2021


Valerie Francisco-Menchavez’s The Labor of Care (2018) examines the experiences of Filipina domestic workers in New York City, the family members that they left (and leave) behind in the Philippines, and the multidirectional care labour performed by these transnational families. Francisco-Menchavez tactfully straddles an ethnography of the Filipino transnational family and diasporic kinship resiliencies without obscuring a cognizance of the violent transnational capitalist machinations that produce them. As a racialized care worker in the Canadian settler state myself, I am recommending this book to my care working comrades, accomplices, and kin.