My name is Chaya Ocampo Go (吳綺霞), a transnational Filipina scholar whose work is a commitment to life and resurgence in ravaged ecologies-communities at the front lines of disasters.

I was born and raised in Maynila (“where there are mangroves”), and served as an emergency relief worker in the Binahaan Watershed among other coastal communities in the Philippines devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in 2013.

I am currently a PhD candidate at York University in Tkaronto (“where trees stand in water”). The research I am working on today is a feminist political ecology of disaster response in the Philippines, supported by the Ontario Trillium Scholarship and a 2018 Doctoral Research Award from the International Development Research Centre.

I trained as a cultural anthropologist at the University of British Columbia. My experiences as a community development worker in the Philippines, and a migrant/settler on Turtle Island, have taught me to learn continuously from land, waters, breath and bayan.

To nourish spirituality in my engagement with social-climate justice, I practice with local sanghas in the tradition taught by my teacher, Zen Master and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh.

To be named by her mama: ᜃᜒᜌ (KI-YA): Life brings all together and holds.

“Tahanan is Home: Reflections from a Social Worker in the Philippines”
The Mindfulness Bell: Summer 2019, Issue 81 | Wake Up International