Going to London to Visit the…

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Join us for a night of provocative stories and conversations at the Embassy of the Philippines in London

Join us for a night of provocative stories and conversations at the Embassy of the Philippines in London

 

Not the Queen, nor even Bonnie Prince George and his glamorous mother, but the Filipinos in London.  In her quest to entice more expat Filipinos to return home and help participate in the resurgence of the Philippine Economy, Carol Dominguez set her sights on the U.K., home to one of the largest Filipino communities in Europe. The United Kingdom is significant to me as well via  my day job as an interpreter, because a significant number of calls I handle come from police stations in London and Manchester.

I always enjoy interpreting for these overseas calls because  English bobbies have such a courtly, cordial manner.  The calls are usually interspersed with “lovely” this or “brilliant” that.

Unfortunately most of these calls have to do with  charges of domestic violence and assault.   Even more disturbing is that  although I translate for domestic violence issues  on both sides of the pond, in the United States the persons needing  translation are usually  the Filipina victims of abuse.  In England I more often interpret for the Filipinos charged with perpetrating the abuse. I haven’t figured out the reason for this difference but look forward to discussing it with the good diplomats at the Embassy of the Philippines, which is hosting the July 7 event.

Meantime I’m prepping for the trip by reading everything I can about Pinoys in the U.K.  The article below published last year in Postively Filipino is an excellent starting point:http://www.positivelyfilipino.com/magazine/2013/4/know-your-diaspora-the-united-kingdom

 

 

 

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