Home Bound: Filipino American Lives across Cultures, Communities, and Countries / Edition 1

Home Bound: Filipino American Lives across Cultures, Communities, and Countries / Edition 1

by Yen Le Espiritu, Yen Le Espiritu
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Home Bound: Filipino American Lives across Cultures, Communities, and Countries / Edition 1

Filipino Americans, who experience life in the United States as immigrants, colonized nationals, and racial minorities, have been little studied, though they are one of our largest immigrant groups. Based on her in-depth interviews with more than one hundred Filipinos in San Diego, California, Yen Le Espiritu investigates how Filipino women and men are transformed through the experience of migration, and how they in turn remake the social world around them. Her sensitive analysis reveals that Filipino Americans confront U.S. domestic racism and global power structures by living transnational lives that are shaped as much by literal and symbolic ties to the Philippines as they are by social, economic, and political realities in the United States.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520235274
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 05/05/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


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



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Home Bound - Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities, and Countries 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mc76NYC More than 1 year ago
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.