Becoming an OFW: Renegotiations in Self-Concept Among Filipino Factory Workers in Taiwan

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Stephen J. Sills, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Natassaja M. Chowthi (Contributor)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This study focuses on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Taiwan and probes into how their migration experiences shape self construction. Data for the study came from surveys, key informant interviews, Twenty Statement Tests (TST), and observations in field studies conducted in Taiwan in 2003 and 2007. Analysis of self-concept statements on the TST showed that among women OFWs the self became more individualized and less embedded in the social roles in Taiwan than when they were in the Philippines. In contrast, the few male workers in the study registered a slight increase in their social roles. In general, OFWs found little opportunity to become integrated into Taiwanese society. In the face of exclusion in the host society, we argue that OFWs exercised social creativity, reinforcing their national identity as Filipinos and embracing the role as “modern-day heroes” of the Philippines.

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Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Vol. 17, No. 2, 189-220
Language: English
Date: 2008
Taiwan, Filipino workers, self-concept, factory workers, social creativity

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