Jason Carlo Ong Carranceja
Class of 2018
My name is Jason Carlo Ong Carranceja, and I hail from the Philippines. I currently work as a Researcher for the Policy Support Unit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. I undertake both quantitative and qualitative research on international trade, macroeconomic statistics, environmental and social issues, and technological innovations to provide objective, nonpartisan policy recommendations for APEC economies. Although I focused on STEM before college, my experiences with Yale-NUS Global Affairs equipped me to become an interdisciplinary thinker, a crucial skill in today’s fast-changing world.
My Capstone and other Research Interests:
My main academic interests are in Asian-Latin American relations, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Most of my work thus far have been on historic migration flows of Asian communities to Latin America. I wrote a paper in Spanish on the migration of chino slaves from the Philippines to Mexico during the peak of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade, as well as on the influx of Japanese farmers to Brazil and Peru during the late 19th century. My capstone explored the migration of Filipino domestic workers to an uncommon destination country – Chile. Exploring Chilean migration statistics and conducting online interviews, I traced the emergence and evolution of this novel migration trend. I showed how a dynamic, differentiated, and transnational framework of social connections, commercial agents, government regulations, and technology created and sustained this migration flow. Finally, my research also demonstrated that migrants themselves can become empowered to challenge and replace exploitative migration infrastructures.
Outside of my interest in migration studies, I also hold an interest in Philippine foreign policy, the maritime industry, and environmental studies. During my internship at the Embassy of Costa Rica, I represented the embassy in international conferences on sustainability, eco-tourism and trade in Singapore, and networked with potential trading partners for the embassy.