By Kale Bantigue Fajardo
Filipino seamen presently compose nearly twenty percentage of the 1.2 million foreign maritime transportation employees. 90 percentage of the world’s items and commodities are transported by means of send. Taken jointly, those records attest to the serious position Filipino seamen play in all over the world maritime alternate. In Filipino Crosscurrents, an interdisciplinary ethnography, Kale Bantigue Fajardo examines the cultural politics of seafaring, Filipino maritime masculinities, and globalization within the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora.
Drawing on fieldwork carried out on ships and within the ports of Manila and Oakland, in addition to on an business box send that traveled around the Pacific, Fajardo argues that Filipino seamen became key figures wherein the Philippine country and monetary elites advertise Filipino masculinity and neoliberal globalization. From govt officers to working-class seamen and seafarers’ advocates, Fajardo’s wide-ranging research exposes the gaps in dominant narratives of Filipino seamen in nationwide, nearby, and international contexts.
Writing in a hybrid type that weaves jointly ethnographic description, cultural critique, travelogue, and autobiography, Fajardo invitations readers to think again the meanings of masculinity and manhood.