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 worked 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.