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A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves

One Family and Migration in the 21st Century

by Jason DeParle

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A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves by Jason DeParle
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    Aug 2019, 400 pages

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New York Times reporter Jason DeParle weaves one Filipino family's immigration saga into a broader analysis of the complex economic, political, and social forces driving migration around the globe.

A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves follows three generations of the Portagana Comodas clan, a family Jason DeParle first met in the 1980s when he convinced Tita Portagana to rent him space in her single-room shack in a Manila shantytown—the sprawling slums where millions of the Philippine capital's poorest residents live. DeParle was a young journalist researching poverty. Tita was matriarch of a large extended family whose members were scattered across the globe. Seven of her ten siblings worked outside of the Philippines. So did her husband Emet.

At home in Manila, Emet had scraped by on wages of $50 a month—far from enough to support his family of seven. When Emet accepted a job cleaning pools in Saudi Arabia, his earnings increased tenfold. The money he sent home kept his family fed, provided vital medicine for an ill daughter, and paid for previously unheard of ...

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