Nelia Balgoa is currently Associate Professor at the English Department and Assistant Dean of the School of Graduate Studies of Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Philippines. She has a doctoral degree in Area Studies from the Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University, where she was awarded a Japanese government (MEXT) scholarship. Her research interests include international migration studies, migration writing, and Philippine women’s writing. Exploring a “third space” between local and global perspectives in her teaching and advocacy, she believes that Asian societies and cultures can be best studied and approached from non-Western perspectives. She has several research publications and has presented papers at international conferences.