Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Fall 2007 Presentation Schedule

UPDATES FORTHCOMING (AFTER FINALS!) EMAIL mnguyen@ssc.wisc.edu regarding questions about the Spring Schedule of presenters.

Fall 2007 Reading Group + Presentation Schedule

Thanks! A great big thanks to Hae-Yeon for hosting all the dinner meetings of the migration group this past fall!

Previous Meetings this Fall 2007
* Mon, first week of September 2007, Fair Trade Coffeehouse - planning meeting * Tues, September 25 @ 7:00 pm, Location: Hae-Yeon Choo hosted at her home, Feline presentation * Wed, Oct 10 @ 12 noon, Location: Social Sciences, Havens Center Room 8108, 8th Floor Reading: scanned article on qualitative research methods on Migrant Families, provided by Lynet Uttal
* Tues, October 23 @ 7:00 pm, Location: Home of Hae-Yeon. Food provided by Mytoan. Presenter: Dr. Lynet Uttal, Human Development and Family Studies
Title: TBA
* Wed, November 14@ 11:30 am, Location: Social Sciences, Havens Center Room 8108, 8th Floor, Presenter: Hui-Jung Kim, Dept of Sociology, Topic: TBA
* Tues, November 27@ 7:00 pm, Hae Yeon's home; "International Fieldwork Considerations." A panel of graduate students including Susan Rottman, Anthropology, Hae Yeon Choo, Sociology, and John Zinda, Sociology.

Learn about the ins and outs of doing predissertation and MA fieldwork. Our panel can address their issues collecting data in Germany, Turkey, South Korea, and China. Audience participation and input will be wonderful, too!

To suggest and send recommended readings, please email Jennifer Holland, jaholland@wisc.edu. Files sent electronically along with the citation will help us compile the reading list.
* To volunteer to present your in-progress research on migration, email Luisa Feline Freier, freier@wisc.edu.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Tues 10/23 @ 7:00 pm meeting

The fourth meeting of this semester will be at Hae Yeon's home. The abstract is below:

When: Tues October 23, 2007 @ 7:00 pm
Location: RSVP to mnguyen[at]ssc[dot]wisc[dot]edu for a food head count

Latino Immigrant Parents’ Responses to U.S. Childrearing Values and Practices
Lynet Uttal, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Latino immigrant children are being raised by parents who themselves were raised in different cultural contexts. One of the greatest stresses for new immigrant parents is to learn how to integrate the parenting values and practices of the U.S. with their own cultural backgrounds. One of the most significant differences between U.S. childrearing advice and the parenting knowledges of parents from Spanish speaking countries is the child-centric versus the family-centric approach to socialization. At school, children of immigrant parents are taught to be individualistic and competitive. At home, children are expected to be communalistic and look out for the whole family, not just themselves. Different notions of adult-child communication styles also prevail. These differences result in cultural conflicts for the immigrant parents as well as the children of immigrants. Latino immigrant parents are critical of the ethnocentric expert principles of child development that are pervasive throughout childcare settings and parent education programs in the United States today. Latino parents are baffled by recommendations that appear to fail to guide the child appropriately and suggest inattentive parenting practices. This paper will present the parental views of this dynamic, including how parents develop novel ways to parent biculturally. This analysis in this paper is based on data from 3 years of community pláticas (facilitated dialogical workshops) for Latino immigrant parents on parenting topics. Participant observation and writing exercises collected during the pláticas were used to collect data on parents’ perspectives of child development principles taught in the United States.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

More Migration Research Resources

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The web site is designed to provide researchers, instructors and interested citizens with
substantive content pertaining to immigration issues, including resources for studying
and researching immigration, teaching courses with immigration content and providing
easy access to news stories on immigration in the US and abroad. This website includes:
statistical information, archives, journals that publish on immigration, think tanks, and
course syllabi. Comments welcomed! — Irene Bloemraad

European University Institute
The website offers descriptions and links for national and international institutions working
with immigration, a list of journals on immigration, a selection of syllabi kindly contributed
by various professors from different fields as well as a directory of scholars from
both Europe and North America who currently work with immigration.
Available at: http://www.iue.it/RSCAS/Research/MIGRES/

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Ecuadorian domestic workers in Spain | Oct 15 @ 11:45 am

Gioconda Herrera, the Director of Gender Studies at FLACSO-Ecuador will be speaking Friday, October 12th at 3 PM in 336 Ingraham Hall. Her topic is: "A Discussion of Gender Equity Training & Curriculum at FLACSO-Ecuador"

Gioconda's research presentation, "Stories of inclusion and exclusion: Ecuadorian domestic workers in Spain." will be at 11:45 Monday the 15th in Sewell Social Sciences 8101.

Gioconda Herrera recevied her PhD in Sociology from Columbia University. Her current post is Professor and Director of Gender Studies Program, FLACSO-Ecuador. Recent publications include:

2007 "Mujeres ecuatorianas en el trabajo doméstico en España. Practicas y representaciones de exclusión e inclusión. En Victor Bretón, Francisco García, Antoni Jové y José Vilalta (ed.) Ciudadanía y Exclusión. Ecuador y España frente a un espejo. Madrid: Editorial Catarata.

2006 La persistencia de la desigualdad. Género, trabajo y pobreza en América Latina. (ed.) FLACSO,CONAMU, Secretaría Técnica del Frente Social.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Thomas Archdeacon Opens Special Immigration Series

This post has been circulated to the email group, but it doesn't hurt to repost. There's a schedule overlap b/w our 9/25 presentation dinner and one of the seminars.

Thomas Archdeacon Opens Special Immigration Series

UW-Madison history professor Thomas Archdeacon will present “Immigration Then and Now,” a free presentation at 7 pm Tuesday, September 11 at the Overture Center for the Arts (Capitol Theater), 201 State Street in Madison. In this first of a special four-part weekly series on “Understanding Immigration,” Archdeacon will examine immigration in our nation’s history and how it compares and contrasts with immigration today. Other presenters include immigration attorney Jose Olivieri and immigration policy experts Benjamin Johnson and Tamar Jacoby.

The program is a presentation of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters as part of its Academy Evening series. All programs will take place at 7 pm Tuesdays, September 11 – October 2 at the Overture Center for the Arts and are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Admission is free ($3 suggested donation). Seating is first come, first served in the 1100-seat Capitol Theater. Doors open at 6:15 pm. Maps and directions are available at www.wisconsinacademy.org.

Presentations are as follows:

Tuesday, September 11, Capitol Theater, 7–8:30 pm
Immigration Then and Now—Thomas Archdeacon
Thomas Archdeacon, UW-Madison professor of history, examines immigration in our nation’s history and how it compares and contrasts with immigration today.

Tuesday, September 18, Capitol Theater, 7–8:30 pm
Immigration Here at Home—Jose Olivieri
Jose Olivieri, immigration attorney with Michael Best & Friedrich in Milwaukee, discusses the impact of immigration, particularly from Mexico, on Wisconsin’s workforce and other aspects of life in our state.

Tuesday, September 25, Capitol Theater, 7–8:30 pm
Feeling Their Clout: The New Immigration and Political Power—Benjamin Johnson
Benjamin Johnson, executive director of the American Immigration Law Foundation in Washington D.C., looks at the impact of immigration and organized immigrant advocacy groups on U.S. politics—on the streets and in the voting booth.

Tuesday, October 2, Capitol Theater, 7–8:30 pm
Immigration Today: The Problem and the Debate about Solutions—Tamar Jacoby
Tamar Jacoby, a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute and editor of Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What It Means to Be American, addresses immigration issues and solutions. What are the most vexing issues in immigration today, and how can we resolve them? What might constitute a just and sustainable immigration policy?

The nonprofit Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, founded in 1870, connects people and ideas from all areas of knowledge and all walks of life to advance thought and culture in our state. The Wisconsin Academy's many programs include an art gallery for Wisconsin artists; a quarterly magazine about Wisconsin thought and culture (Wisconsin People & Ideas); public forums such as the Academy Evenings series; and the “Future of Farming and Rural Life in Wisconsin,” a public policy program that brings citizens together with farmers, universities, state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, agribusiness leaders, and other stakeholders to shed light on a sector that is at the heart of Wisconsin’s identity and economy. For more information please visit www.wisconsinacademy.org.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Email Administrators

The Wisconsin Migration Research Group email list is moderated by designated members of the steering committee.

1. For details on navigating your settings, consult this SSCC Publication: http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/sscc/pubs/1-2.htm

2. To Log into the LSG/2 Mailing List Interface, visit: http://listar.ssc.wisc.edu/listar.cgi.

3. To subscribe or unsubscribe (or refer your friends to the email list), contact the administrator. For AY 2007-2008, email mnguyen[at]ssc[dot]wisc[dot]edu.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Fall 2007 - Migration Group Meeting 9/10/07 @ Fair Trade Coffeehouse 4:45 pm

A number of individuals have written and stated that they cannot attend our first planning meeting. Not to worry! We will try a meeting at another late afternoon/early evening time in late September/early October.

[sent via e-mail on Fri, 9/07/07]

The Wisconsin Migration Research Group, chartered in fall 2006, is a cross disciplinary group at UW Madison dedicated to the exchange of research ideas related to the transnational process of migration and immigrants. We have an email list that reaches over 40 members at Madison (and elsewhere) and meet once per month to talk about our individual research ideas and keep each other informed of the latest research through the email list. We're having our kick off meeting to welcome new members and talk about program directions for this fall. Our current steering committee is comprised of graduate students and our faculty adviser is Prof. Ted Gerber. Lastly, we have a new blog (http://www.madisonmigration.blogspot.com) and a facebook group (search for "Wisconsin Migration Research Group").

WHAT: 1st Meeting, where we will designate grads to share their in-progress research over monthly dinners. Papers can be circulated before the dinner.

WHEN: Monday, Sept 10 @ 4:45 pm (the only time we won't be eating dinner!)

WHERE: Fair Trade Coffeehouse on State Street

WHO: Open to Everyone

CONTACT: mnguyen@ssc.wisc.edu


Steering Committee Members 2007-2008:

Darlyne Bautista, Southeast Asian Studies
Nicole Butkovich Kraus, Sociology
Feline Freier, Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Mytoan Nguyen, Sociology
Nancy Nguyen, Southeast Asian Studies
Hae-Yeon Choo, Sociology

Thank you to our outgoing two Past Steering Committee 2006-2007 members:

Steven Alvarado, Sociology (temporarily at Princeton)
Vinthany Souvannarath, Sociology

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Test blog


The Wisconsin Migration Research Group was formerly at


However, due to technical issues, we've started this new blog. Meanwhile, see past posts on the old blog for our history and info on past meetings and seminars we've listed.