Society and Space interviews Geraldine Pratt
Natalie Oswin: Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions. Can you briefly describe Families Apart, setting out its main arguments and aims for our readers? And can you say a bit about the collaborative nature of the project?
Gerry Pratt: Families Apart is in the first instance a book about the lives of Filipino families who are separated when mothers come to Canada to work as domestic workers and children stay behind in the Philippines, typically cared for by their grandmothers and aunts. It emerges out of a long collaborative research association with a Filipino activist organisation in Vancouver, the Philippine Women Centre, and tells intimate stories about the pain and costs of this separation.