By Tulud Cruz
Drawing at the event of migrant ladies household staff, theological ethics, and liberationist theologies, this booklet deals an intercultural theology of migration that arises from the (dis)continuities, (im)mobilities, and (dis)empowerment embedded in
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Cultural practices and superstitions also make their life with the employer difficult. Bathing is an example of this. For the Chinese, the usual time for bathing is in the evening. Filipinos, on the other hand, usually take a bath in the morning. Hence, many DHs balk at employers’ rules for bathing in the evening. This rule becomes more problematic since DHs iron clothes in the evenings. In the Philippines, it is considered unhealthy to take a bath after ironing, or after doing physically strenuous work, that involves the hands.
Hence, problems arise when their employers make them feel so low. Differences in religious affiliation, reinforced by class differences, also spawn difficulties and tensions. DHs have to learn to adjust to the reality that they are in a non-Christian-dominated country. 31 Class issues also make the local Christian community dissociate from a Filipina DH church. , presented at the FABCsponsored Symposium on Filipino Migrant Workers in Asia: 29 Studies show the dominant profile of the DHs as young, single, educated women, mostly in their twenties to thirties, with rural origin or background, and come from extended families that belong to simple town folks.
Our home is not halfway to heaven. It’s right there on the ground. It’s fully air-conditioned 24 hours a day. When we want to know what’s happening in the community, we just open the window and let all the news blow in. Filipinos live in freedom. Living on the 44th floor of an apartment is like being in a prison. . After spending 144 hours a week trapped inside an icebox I need to get out, to spread my wings, to meet my friends. Otherwise, I’ll go crazy”. 20 chapter one poor urban areas in the Philippines, create feelings of claustrophobia and forced confinement among them.