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The Philippines' most profitable export is its people. It is, in fact, one of the world's largest labor-exporting countries in the world. How does the Philippine government export workers? How do Philippine citizens feel about it? What are the impacts of
Location:
Manila, Philippines
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

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Program Description:
Arrive Date: 7/1/2013 End Date: 7/31/2013

Courses
Asian American Studies 150 and 198
150. Filipino American Experience (4) Examination of the relationship between the Filipino-American community, the Philippine home community and the larger American society through a critical evaluation of the historical and contemporary conditions, problems and prospects of Filipinos in the U.S. GE credit: ACGH, DD, SS, WC.—III.
and
198. Directed Group Study (1-5) (P/NP grading only.)

The Philippines' most profitable export is its people. It is, in fact, one of the world's largest labor-exporting countries in the world. How does the Philippine government export workers? How do Philippine citizens feel about it? What are the impacts of such large-scale out-migration for people who are left behind? This program will highlight the ways that the Philippine state plays a central role in mobilizing migrants for export, while also looking at how Philippine citizens confront and contest the government's program of labor exportation. It will examine the economic, political, and social impacts of large-scale migration for the families that migrants leave behind.

Upper-division units (open to freshmen through graduates). Taught in English. UC Davis courses taught by University of California, Davis faculty.

Please contact UC Davis Summer Abroad for the most up-to-date information concerning program costs. Programs start around $4,000.

All students enrolled in a Summer Abroad program (Davis and Non-Davis) will have the opportunity to apply for a Travel Award ($500 - $1,500.) Travel award deadline: March 5, 2013. Enrollment deadline is April 5, 2013.

Setting Description:
Introducing Manila, Philippines from Lonely Planet:

It's a pity that Manila is often disparaged, as there's much here to like. For one, all the adjectives often used to describe the Philippines - jovial, laid back, casual, corrupt, shambolic, earnest and more are on display here more than anywhere else in the country. It's a truly teeming metropolis that gets bigger each day, both in population, with people pouring in from the hinterlands, and size, as new developments in all directions swallow up villages and rice fields.

Manila can be a very discombobulated place, for it is really just a collection of towns with no definable centre. The walled Intramuros area was the traditional centre of Manila, but was mostly wiped out in WWII and has never recovered. Binondo, Quiapo, Ermita and Malate have never been more than a supporting cast for a star that doesn't exist. Still, you may well find lots of fun in Ermita and Malate, while Binondo and Quiapo have a certain raw energy and u

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