I enjoyed Global Cinderellas because most of the literature I’ve read in respect to domestic labor has been limited to the United States. Within the UI enjoyed Global Cinderellas because most of the literature I’ve read in respect to domestic labor has been limited to the United States. Within the United States context, domestic labor is highly raced with stereotypes running through very much like in East Asia. The main difference between these two locations is the shift in the US from women of color from within its borders to women of color from aboard. The use of boundary theory is particularly interesting particularly when discussing the creation of spaces by the laborers inside and outside the workplace. However, there could have been more discussion of the construction of space by the laborers inside the workplace, specifically in the home of their employers.
One of the interesting aspects Pei-Chia Lan found was the use of technology and cell phones to promote friendships and relationship between the migrant laborers. In The Force of Domesticity: Filipina Migrants and Globalization, by Rhacel Salazar Parrenas found that the Filipina laborers used their cell phones to communicate with each other, but other with their families back in the Philippines. However, there was no discussion of this in Global Cinderellas. ...more
I loved this book because of its breakdown. Mildred and Marge are domestic workers; Mildred creates a counter public in Marge who listens to every stoI loved this book because of its breakdown. Mildred and Marge are domestic workers; Mildred creates a counter public in Marge who listens to every story Mildred has to tell. Mildred shares are exploits of sticking it to the man or woman as it is usually. Some of Mildred's stories are embellished, but there is a truth to them. Mildred tells her employers the things all domestic workers want to say, and Marge appreciates that. The end of the novel is interesting because Mildred trades in one employer for another. She decides to marry Eddie so she can leave domestic work, but Eddie will begin telling her what to do, and the dreams she mentions in one of the stories when she is defending domestic worker will go unfulfilled. ...more
I found this book delightful! I mean it is not much of a labor women's studies book if you are looking for something heavy in the labor area. This isI found this book delightful! I mean it is not much of a labor women's studies book if you are looking for something heavy in the labor area. This is why I liked this book because I like themes in my books being subtle. This book examines three South African women's lives, all madams, all women who work and employ maids. This book demonstrated what it means to live in a society which heavily values class and race, and it also shows that they are not the same thing. At times the book takes the reader too far into the lives of the madams, and the reader is wondering how realistic it actually is. However, the depiction of the maids is wonderfully accurate...the thankful maid who loves her madam and is honored to be like "one of the family," the maid who is abused by her madam and still keeps the family secrets, and the maid who has an affair with the mister of the house. The class issues in the book are portrayed by the madams; the reader experiences the race issues and conflicts of having a maid of a different race. They are quick to discuss how lucky the maids are for having the opportunity to work for them regardless of the abuses they suffer or how they are spoken down to. I think it is a wonderful representation, and these madams could very well be in New York, London, or Hong Kong. I give it a 4/5....more
This book was rather interesting to me, but nothing I didn't know before except the specific details of the lives of the youths interviewed. I found tThis book was rather interesting to me, but nothing I didn't know before except the specific details of the lives of the youths interviewed. I found the relationships between the students if particular interest because often they demonstrate the issues the students face daily through the lens of children. The reader gets to see the issues Muslim immigrants deal with, but through the eyes of children who don't always understand what they are being subjected to. Thus, there is a certain amount of innocence to the book. The book at times is very repetitive, and as a result can become tedious. I'd give it a 3/5. ...more
I like this book, but for me it wasn't anything new. It is a wonderful book for a quick look at the contemporary women's movement particularly the secI like this book, but for me it wasn't anything new. It is a wonderful book for a quick look at the contemporary women's movement particularly the second wave and the third. I take a little issue with the depiction of the second wave only because of the brevity. Most of the book discusses the second wave, which is fine that history is longer and richer, but still more could have been put into the second wave. Also, I'm wary and just tired of the notions of dueling waves. I love second wave feminism, and yeah at times I feel the expectations set for my generation are a bit high. Then again no one said we have to meet them. It puts me in mind of another books MidLife Crisis at 30. This book also wrestles with the idea that the second wave set expectations too high and instead of saying young women can do anything the message became young women should do everything. Not that this is the argument in this book, but it is touched upon in the second section. The argument in this book I found of interest was post-feminist verses third wave feminists. Of course these post-feminists are a group I regularly take shots at for better or worse. In the end this is a good introduction to feminism and feminist history....more
Yeah, I'm the kid that reads all my books before the semester starts. This book is for my seminar on women and global labor. Anyone want to guess howYeah, I'm the kid that reads all my books before the semester starts. This book is for my seminar on women and global labor. Anyone want to guess how excited I am about this course? The book itself is a collection of essays on various subjects with the common theme of women in global economy. The book is broken down into three sections; each section represents a specific issue which is found in respect to global labor. The first section, "Laboring in Transnational Public Spheres," looks at women's experiences as labor activists. One particularly pointed essay, "Of Poetics and Politics: The Border Journeys of Luisa Moreno," discussed Moreno's life as an activist, and gave a particularly disturbing look at the casualties of her lifestyle. The second section, "The Global Politics of Labor," takes a look at globalization and the legal ramifications of it. The final section, "Surviving the Global Economy," looks at the results of globalization and how it affects women. These essays ranged from depictions of traders to sex workers, and globalization has push these women into these various roles. ...more