Grand Tour Philippines

In the Philippines the grand tour of chemical lives of young people was initially conducted in Batangas, South Luzon. There, a diversity sample of mall workers, porters, students, sex workers and call center workers was interviewed. Subsequently the study was expanded to include fieldwork in a more remote Island, Puerto Princesa Palawan. In addition, the field school of the anthropology Bachelors program of University of the Philippines did ethnographic fieldwork on chemical youths for two subsequent years in Batanes and Cagayan de Oro. Across these field sites whitening emerged as a key chemical practice, which is the topic for comparative analyses and two short documentaries: Natural Lang and Fair and Flawless. Data from all the sites are stored in a NVIVO Database, which consists of 400 interviews that are being analyzed by a team of local researchers focusing on diverse topics including the use of energy drink, perfumes, and vitamins.

Some videos from the field

Some images from the field

People

  • Mai Taqueban
  • PhD Researcher
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Program group Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
  • Anita Hardon
  • Project leader
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Program group Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV, Amsterdam, REC C5.07
  • (020)5253544, (020)5252504
  • Michael Tan
  • Senior Researcher and PhD Supervisor
  • University of the Philippines, Diliman
  • Gideon Lasco
  • PhD Researcher
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Program group Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body