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Espiritu deftly weaves vivid first-person narratives with larger social and historical contexts as she discovers the meaning of home, community, gender, and intergenerational relations among Filipinos. Among other topics, she explores the ways that female sexuality is defined in contradistinction to American mores and shows how this process becomes a way of opposing racial subjugation in this country. She also examines how Filipinos have integrated themselves into the American workplace and looks closely at the effects of colonialism.
1. Home Making
2. Leaving Home: Filipino Migration/Return to the United States
3. "Positively No Filipinos Allowed": Differential Inclusion and Homelessness
4. Mobile Homes: Lives across Borders
5. Making Home: Building Communities in a Navy Town
6. Home, Sweet Home: Work and Changing Family Relations
7. "We Don’t Sleep Around Like White Girls Do": The Politics of Home and Location
8. "What of the Children?": Emerging Homes and Identities
9. Homes, Borders, and Possibilities
The United States is an increasingly diverse place to live. This book gives insight into Filipinos and their experience in the U.S. The book moved at a good pace. It helped me to appreciate why people would come to the United States seeking a better life and the difficult transition it is moving from one culture to another. In truth, Filipinos have been in the United States for quite a long time now, so they are not recent immigrants. Espiritu gives a good introduction to their general experience.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.