Money Tree tells about the story of the migration of a woman, her sister, sister-in-law, and others who followed; and shows how this changes the everyday life of the whole family in the Philippines. It speaks about the nexus of care and reciprocal obligations, of love and power, of being forced into migration and dreaming about going abroad. The story of one woman who went to the US is irrevocably connected to the stories of her father, siblings, nieces and nephews, who all move in a net of mutual obligations, and who dream of “streets paved with gold” in America, wherever that might be.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Helena Patzer is a cultural anthropologist, currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, and a lecturer at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Warsaw. Her PhD, defended at the University of Warsaw, was a study of Filipino middle-class professionals in the US and their involvement with the home country (Long-distance Care. The Practice of Sustaining Transnational Ties by Filipino Immigrants in Boston). In 2016/2017, she is affiliated as an Erasmus-Mundus Post-doctoral Fellow at Development Studies Program of Ateneo de Manila University.
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