New blog: Sarapen. Online anthropology on Filipino bloggers
(via Livejournal Anthropology Community) Jesse de Leon, Master’s student in Social Anthropology, has started blogging on his research on Filipino bloggers - a very interesting blog about migration, transnationalism, identity and internet research. In his second post he explains:
I’m what’s known as a 1.5 generation immigrant: someone who immigrated as a child old enough to remember the country they were born in. In my case, I immigrated to Canada from the Philippines when I was ten years old. I consider myself as having grown up in both countries. I know that if I had grown up entirely in the Philippines, I would be a different person than what I am today.
It’s therefore understandable that I’m interested in issues of migration, transnationalism, and identity. I’m particularly interested in what identity is like for other Filipinos who have migrated. Do they consider themselves as being completely Filipino? Or do they see themselves as being Canadians now (or American, or Australian, or so on)?
Now, this is all well and good, but lots of other people have examined these issues. What am I doing that’s new? Well, I’m investigating Filipino migration and identity, but I’m investigating them through blogs. Specifically, I’m looking at how Filipino bloggers talk about these issues. I’m also looking at how Filipino bloggers don’t talk about these issues.
Err, wow, I can’t believe someone else has read my blog. Someone I don’t know personally, I mean. And someone whose blog I also read. That’s just all kinds of whacked. But thanks for the kind words, it’s kind of funny to personally experience the anthropological gaze. I discuss that somewhat back on my blog.
Comment from: [Member]
Yeehaaw, I’m famous now, I just have to wait for the money to pour in. I have to tell you though, Sarapen isn’t meant to be a long-term project. In my proposal I specifically state that I only plan on keeping the blog for a year after my research ends. The blog is a part of my research and as such will get shut down when the research is done. I’m not sure how long I’ll keep posting, either, whenever I lose interest I guess. But I guarantee that the blog itself will still be there at least until December next year.
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