I have been studying Filipino people migrating overseas through research activities in the Philippines, South Korea, and Canada. Individually, I have examined various issues faced by Filipino migrants abroad and their transnational relationships with their families left behind at home. From a perspective of Filipino migrants, I aim at redefining the phenomena of global migration and social institutions that many migrant-receiving countries nowadays pay attention to accommodate their interests.
Whenever I interview Filipino migrants, I encounter new stories that challenge the values and common sense I have ever held. The voice of an individual interviewee involves rich insights that existing theories do not ever mention. It is the most rewarding and exciting moment when I can gain a new field of view by recognizing how individual stories intersect with broader social issues.