chapter  5
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‘As long as you have your food, you feel at home’: eating, gathering and socializing

In this chapter, I examine how Filipinas use food as a means of creating and sustaining social relationships. This discussion of food for Filipinas in Ireland provides another window into the modalities of making home in diasporic communities. Because of the circumstances of their arrival and settlement, their immigration status and their experiences of race and ethnicity in public life that shape their day-to-day interactions, I argue that Filipinos’ food practices reveal how orientations are linked to the cultural and political landscape in which they are embedded. Thus, an examination of attitudes towards food offers insight into the transformations of globalisation, transnational activities and the politics of belonging in Ireland.