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Home Bound Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities, and Countries

ISBN-10: 0520235274
ISBN-13: 9780520235274
Edition: 2003
Authors: Yen Le Espiritu
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/5/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

Yen Le Espiritu combines scholarship with personal experience in her writings about the Asian-American experience. A Vietnamese American whose husband is Filipino, Espiritu seeks to understand and to communicate through her writing the many facets of modern Asian experiences in the United States. She wrote. "I still find pan-Asian American ethnicity a complex and changing topic, often defying sociological interpretations and generalizations." Her objectives are to take seriously the differences among Asian groups without glossing over important ethnic differences. Espiritu's published books include Filipino American Lives, Asian American Panethnicity: Bridging Institutions and Identities, and Asian American Women and Men: Labor, Laws and Love, in addition to articles in scholarly journals. Espiritu teaches in the Ethnic Studies program of the University of California, San Diego.

Acknowledgments
Home Making
Leaving Home: Filipino Migration/Return to the United States
"Positively No Filipinos Allowed": Differential Inclusion and Homelessness
Mobile Homes: Lives across Borders
Making Home: Building Communities in a Navy Town
Home, Sweet Home: Work and Changing Family Relations
"We Don't Sleep Around Like White Girls Do": The Politics of Home and Location
"What of the Children?": Emerging Homes and Identities
Homes, Borders, and Possibilities
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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