An Intercultural Theology of Migration by Tulud Cruz

By Tulud Cruz

Drawing at the event of migrant ladies family employees, theological ethics, and liberationist theologies, this ebook deals an intercultural theology of migration that arises from the (dis)continuities, (im)mobilities, and (dis)empowerment embedded in

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Hence, they suffer from “home-sickness,” or the loneliness that is born out of a longing for home. This is, then, intensified by the difficulties imposed by the difference in the physical geography. The weather alone creates adjustment problems. Being used to only two seasons (wet and dry) DHs have to acclimatize themselves to four. Although many of them look forward to experiencing winter and seeing snow for the first time, they still express problems regarding weather adjustment, especially during winter.

The Filipino language is steeped in courtesy, in circumlocution and time-consuming pleasantries. To talk loudly (‘sinisigawan ako’) and rudely (‘sinasampal ako’) is a sign of low self-esteem. 25 Finger wagging, finger pointing, or pressing fingers, especially the forefinger, on the forehead or chest also constitutes a bone of contention. Even if the employers are not conscious of it, or do not find anything offensive with it, it has an insulting and derogatory connotation to Filipinos. It is patronizing, rude, and humiliating for most Filipinos to be finger-pointed or wagged at.

She gave me money and told me I can already go and eat at McDonalds. 18 The transport system, with its sophisticated double-decker bus, can also fluster a DH who will be using it for the first time. In fact one of the jokes on “Maria the stupid DH”19 is very much reflective of this form of problem. K. and was asked to accompany her employer on the bus. They went up the upper deck. When the bus started moving, Maria stood up abruptly: Employer: What’s the matter? Maria: Ma’am we have to go down.

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