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The Work of MotheringGlobalization and the Filipino Diaspora$
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Harrod J. Suarez

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041440

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041440.001.0001

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(p.1) Prologue
The Work of Mothering

Harrod J. Suarez

University of Illinois Press

In Luisa Igloria’s “Archipelago,” the speaker weaves through diaspora physically, existentially, and epistemologically, finding herself “back on Mabini, where as a child / I stared at man-roots,” alluding to a departure that allows for a return, to origins that appear gendered.1 But those “man-roots” are themselves contrived, living not in nature but in “fluid-filled mason jars / next to powders ground from deer horn and dried seahorses.”...

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