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Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility




Ethel Tungohan, Lisa M. Davidson, Roland Sintos Coloma, Bonnie McElhinny, and John Paul C. Catungal


The Philippines became Canada’s largest source of short- and long-term migrants in 2010, surpassing China and India, both of which are more than ten times larger. The fourth-largest racialized minority group in the country, the Filipino community is frequently understood by such figures as the victimized nanny, the selfless nurse, and the gangster youth. On one hand, these narratives concentrate attention, in narrow and stereotypical ways, on critical issues. On the other, they render other problems facing Filipino communities invisible.

This landmark book, the first wide-ranging edited collection on Filipinos in Canada, explores gender, migration and labour, youth spaces and subjectivities, representation and community resistance to certain representations. Looking at these from the vantage points of anthropology, cultural studies, education, geography, history, information science, literature, political science, sociology, and women and gender studies, Filipinos in Canada provides a strong foundation for future work in this area.

Number of pages



University of Toronto Press

Place published



canada, Temporary Foreign Workers, immigration, Filipinos, Invisible

Content types

Policy analysis and Numbers of migrant workers

Target groups

(Im)migrants workers, Policymakers, and Public awareness

Geographical focuses

National relevance

Spheres of activity

Agriculture and History