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Crip’in Migration: Examining the Elderly Migrant Experience in Filipino American Literature

  • Author(s): Nadurata, Edward
  • Advisor(s): Burns, Lucy
  • et al.

This study focuses on the experiences of elderly migrants, specifically those who move to the United States during the later stages of their life, as they are depicted in works of literature from the United States and the Philippines. Specifically, I focus on two groups of late-life migrants that are omnipresent in Filipino America today: Filipino grandparents and Filipino World War II veterans. With Filipinos being portrayed and positioned as a global labor force for the world, I locate the position of elderly Filipino migrants in our understandings of contemporary migration and globalization. I highlight the importance of interrogating age and ability as analytics in our analyses of the lived experiences of these late-life migrants to the United States and how literature provides us new ways of seeing these elderly migrants beyond their dependence on the family, the state, and their desires to return home.

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