Philippines

The Business of Saving the Angat

May 27, 2014 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students. Memo #299 By Sarah Thomas – sarah.thomas [at] alumni.ubc.ca Over 99 percent of all businesses in the Philippines are small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and they represent seventy percent of […]

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Filipina Immigrant Girls’ Lived Experience in Japan

February 23, 2012 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #134 – Filipina women, who entered Japan as “entertainers” or as the spouses of Japanese men, sometimes left children behind to be raised by relatives in the Philippines while they built economically viable lives in Japan. More and more, the teenage children of these migrant women are entering Japan, entering Japanese schools, and entering society as an important and recent immigrant youth population. These youth are being reunited with their mothers, beginning lives with unknown step-families, and struggling to learn Japanese – which is often their third or fourth language. Most scholars focus on how immigrant youth are victimized by an assimilationist-oriented education system, with its Japanese-only language policies and hyper-competitive high school entrance exams. But this focus allows only a small glimpse of their lived experience. […]

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The Philippines’ Labour Export Policies – Pros and Cons

November 22, 2011 Asia Pacific Memo 0

Memo #122 – The Central Bank of the Philippines announced recently that despite the global economic crisis, remittances from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) would hit $20 billion by the end of 2011. This is seven per cent higher than in 2010 and raised foreign exchange reserves to $76 billion, resulting in a $9 billion surplus in the country’s balance of payments. What lies beneath the surface of such good news? […]

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