Student-Parent attitudes towards Filipino migrant teachers in Indonesia

John Lowe, Xiaodong Lin, Mairtin Mac an Ghaill

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Using ethnographic data gleaned from a foreign managed Christian school in Indonesia, this article situates the ethnic prejudices of Indonesian Chinese parents and students towards Filipino teachers within the organizational and cultural politics of private schooling. It is argued that the commoditization of education as a form of market consumption alongside the masculinized international curriculum help shape the feminization of teachers from the Philippines. Catering to the aspirations of the country’s minority ethnic Chinese, privately managed schools actively recruit trained teachers from the Philippines, many of whom are female and are perceived by students and their parents as exhibiting negative symbolic capital. In the process of their employment, they encounter occasional moments of less than complete success and challenges in their jobs. This article situates this prejudice within the cultural politics of masculinized Chinese schooling in Indonesia, while seeking to shed light on the role of Filipino work migrancy in Indonesia’s formal employment sector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalAsian and Pacific Migration Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2016

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