In Rachel Salazar Parrenas “Migrant Filipina Domestic Workers and the International Division of Reproductive Labor,” she writes “the hierarchy of womanhood – based on race, class, and nation – establishes a work transfer system of reproductive labor among women – the international transfer of caretaking.” I looked up reproductive labor as child-rearing and house keeping duties and I realized that it was indeed the stereotype of Latin American women to take on the roles of maids or janitorial duties. Even though this stereotype may not be entirely accurate, I think that it is unfortunate that this labor is also hard but often not credited with a full set of employment rights. In addition, I recently saw a trailer for this show about housekeeping maids that were all of Hispanic ethnicity: http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/devious-maids.
I think the point of a lot of entertainment is to make fun of stereotypes and this is a perfect way to depict some of the stereotypes in society that has had lasting impressions. Even if the stereotype is not true, it is a depiction of what we see and think in modern society.
In Junaid Rana’s “Labor Diaspora and the Global Racial System,” she talks about “the consolidation of the South Asian labor diaspora in the global racial system that began during the period of colonial indenture continues into the contemporary period via an economic and political strategy of neoliberalism now practiced across the planet.” Rana critiques neoliberalism and argues that the idea of free trade only benefits an imperialistic power like the United States instead of giving everyone equal opportunity. She critiques that it is only people at the top that get to benefit from neoliberalism or “free trade” practices. This article talks about the recent alliance to empower South Asian immigrants in terms of fulfilling goals they have when in comes to work: http://www.dc37.net/news/PEP/2_2012/south_asian_power.html.
I think that it is a good article because it shows how immigrants are increasingly rallying for support just as we saw the Vietnamese in the New Orleans documentary. Though the Vietnamese were fighting for a political awareness in terms of community, the South Asian immigrants are fighting for employment benefits. In either case, both sought greater visibility and presence in either the communities they were in or in the country they were in. Rana mostly critiques the imperialism of the country but the documentary reminds us to start of small is still a staring place, within their community.