The Parrenas article discusses female Filipino-American immigrants in domestic labor (as the name implies) and examines their place in American society based mostly on interviews that the Author had with female Filipino domestic workers. The paper spends a bit examining their common place in domestic labor, and how their handling of reproductive labor for richer families (specifically for richer mothers) has been under-credited by society. She mentions that this issue has had a long history in America and in doing so brings up an interesting point that when reproductive labor is performed by a mother, the labor is seen as noble, proper and respectable, while when the same work is done by these immigrant workers, it is simply “unskilled labor;” a lowly job. The Author also states that “globalization has sparked the feminization of migrant labor.” That is to say that the global industrial system has called for plenty of labor from female immigrants and females in their home countries, though it’s worth mentioning that this has kept them from escaping strenuous low-paying jobs in many places and has allowed the devaluing of reproductive labor in society. The silver lining to this decrease in social standing in America is an increase of social and material status in their home country (The Philippines).
In “So Our History Doesn’t Become Your Future,” Naber discusses changes in American public policy following 9/11. She states her opinion that despite fears or reservations, US foreign policy is progressing and cultural unity is growing. I found this to be a refreshing perspective given all the pessimism that naturally comes along with investigating the inequalities in society to begin with. She did mention that post-9/11 US policy did see an increase in the government’s (specifically the executive branch) ability to label an entire group as a threat to national security, a label that those of us living here now can vouch is easily recognizable in American society. She also makes reference to the post 9/11 world order, linked to the idea that the US essentially controlled global politics after 9/11 and attempted to make its interest the ways of the world as in Israel-Palestine conflict. After reading this article, I’d pose the simple question of where the author may see the US in 10 and 50 years given these shifts in policy, and I’m curious to see how our actions effect our global standing in the very long run.