Writing Pictures, Drawing Stories: A Caregiver Comic Book

August 2014

What does it mean to care for another person’s child when your own is far away? What does it mean to exist in a country only as long as you are employed by citizens of that state? What is it called when you work 24 hours a day caring for a family that becomes your family, because you live with your employer?

According to two Toronto artists, Althea Balmes and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, it is called a labour of
love. The Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP), one visa option under Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker
Program, is where the politics of labour meet the politics of love.

Balmes and Alcampo are the creators of LCP Comics, and the project Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love.

Read the full feature on the Our Times Magazine website.

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