chapter  3
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The Creation of the ‘Irish Loop’: Ethnicity, Collective Historical Memory, and Place

This chapter examines how Filipinas use food as a means of creating and sustaining social relationships. Food serves as an integral connecting site to explore notions of authenticity and socialisation. The chapter focuses on the social practices and symbolic enactments of home' for Filipinas in Ireland amidst dislocations. It looks at the experience of women to highlight their complexities and multiple subjectivities in diaspora space: the intersectionality of diaspora, border, and dislocation as a point of confluence of economic, political, cultural and psychic processes. The chapter addresses how Filipinas make home through day-to-day social practices, highlighting the intersectionality of institutional barriers, transnationalism and belonging. The Filipino population in Ireland is geographically scattered. As a result, the Filipino community is scattered across Ireland. Immigration status is connected to one's profession, it is also linked to where Filipinos live in Ireland. These circumstances thus shape the spaces in which Filipinos enact social practices.