"Unbound and Bound Spheres of Globalization: Borders, Markets, and Asymmetries in Global Mobility," a Lecture by Prof. Maria Hwang


Peel 3487 Seminar Room, 3487 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W7, CA

Lecture by Prof. Maria Hwang (IGSF and East Asian Studies, McGill University)

This talk compares the regional circulation across Asian global cities of independent women sex workers from the Philippines and the global mobility of their male clients, who are mostly professional expatriates and business travelers from Global North countries. Based on a qualitative study conducted in Hong Kong and the Philippines between 2010 and 2018, this talk expands current theorizations of global circuits by empirically revealing the asymmetries in the mobility of transnational professionals and transnational low-wage workers. It demonstrates the emergence of “unbound and bound spheres of globalization” in which the formal circuits of professional expatriates and business travelers are indeed unbound and global in scope while their low-wage counterparts in Asian global cities, which includes Filipina sex workers, are more than likely to only circulate within a bound “regional pocket of free travel” in Asia.

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