Recent changes in the global economy have had a profound impact on the lives of people. Current processes of globalization, coupled with the emergence of “migration industries,” have signiﬁcantly impacted the everyday life of individuals and their families. As migrant workers respond to changing conditions of the international division of labor, and of changes in the global labor market, diﬀerent family formations emerge. Researchers now speak of seasonal orphans, solo parents, ﬂexible citizens, and shadow households.1 Rachel Silvey notes that migrants’ particular experiences, on the one hand, are shaped in part by the diﬀerent positions of their respective sending and receiving countries in the global economy.2 The Philippines, for example, attempts to export “surplus” labor and earn foreign exchange, while receiving countries, such as Japan, Canada, or Singapore, attempt to import cheap labor as a strategy of ﬂexible accumulation. On the other hand, migrants’ experiences are also a reﬂection of individual and familial contexts, and how these are likewise aﬀected by the processes of globalization. Consequently, how migrants experience globalization is unique. For the eight million Filipinos who live and work beyond the shores of the Philippines, there are eight million stories.3 The experience of being a Filipina nurse in the United States is diﬀerent from being a Filipina nurse in Singapore; the experience of being a Filipina performing artist in Singapore, likewise, is diﬀerent from being a Filipina
performing artist in Japan. And each of these experiences provides insight into the diﬀerent, but similar, ways in which globalization is acted out in real ways by real people.