Wispy clouds intersect with urban infrastructure during the last moments of a sunset in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Indigenous political party signs posted on rooftops. A makeshift squatter's house isolated in an expanse of garbage, one of innumerable brutal conclusions of an ongoing history of neo-colonial relations. A girl, maybe five years old, trying to smile for the camera as her family collects this garbage for their livelihood.
It was an investigation series by the Toronto Star, examining the lives of those who arrive in Canada to become nannies under the federal government's Live-In Caregiver program. The Star's two-part series documented the deception and exploitation that all too often greets those who dream of better lives in Canada.
Much has been said about the precarious lives of migrants in Canada -- and as the Star proved this week, much more remains to be said. But few have explored the other side of the equation.
Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines last week and is the second deadliest Philippine typhoon on record.
As this devastating scene continues in the Philippines, the UN Conference on Climate Change is taking place in Warsaw where Philippine chief delegate Naderev Sano spoke passionately about his country and the connection between global warming and unstable weather.
Kapwa Collective presents:
BATOK - KALINGA TATTOOS Markers of Identity:From Indigenous to Diasporic
Storytelling of tattoo journeys by three Filipina Canadians. Multimedia art by Kristina Guison and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo. Photography by Ruel Bimuyag.
Presentation by Anthropologist Analyn Salvador-Amores, University of the Philippines.
November 3, 2012