03 julho, 2010

Immigrant Youth's Contributions to Families and Society as Language and Culture Brokers (Marjorie Faulstich Orellana)

Não se refere particularmente a crianças portuguesas ou lusodescendentes, mas as situações e reflexões apresentadas podem ser consideradas transversais a muitos contextos migratórios, incluindo o da diáspora portuguesa.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana: "Immigrant Youth's Contributions to Families and Society as Language and Culture Brokers" from Fairhaven College, WWU on Vimeo.
"When we consider the relative costs and contributions of immigrants to U.S. society, the general assumption is that adults make contributions, while children are only a drain: they "take" from the educational and health systems without giving anything back. This is an assumption that bears reconsideration. In this talk I show how society benefits from the largely invisible work and unremun- erated that the children of immigrants do as language and culture brokers. I argue that this is part of the labor cost equation that should be contemplated in this era of global economic restructuring. Using illustrations from ethnographic data in three immigrant communities over a decade, I show children at work in a variety of contexts and discuss how children experience their work".

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. Professor and Director of Faculty for the Teacher Education Program, UCLA, speaking at Fairhaven College on November 4th, 2009.

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