‘We Cannot Gather Without Eating’: Food, Authenticity and Socialisation for Filipinos in Ireland
My research focused on the social practices and symbolic enactments of ‘home’ for Filipinas in Ireland amidst dislocations. I looked at the experience of women to highlight their complexities and multiple subjectivities in diaspora space: ‘the intersectionality of diaspora, border, and dis/location as a point of confluence of economic, political, cultural and psychic processes’ (Brah, 1996: p. 182). Most of the scholarship on Filipinos comes out of the US and maintains a focus on nurses, domestic workers, sex workers and racialized hyphenated identities (such as Filipino-American) (see for example, Parreñas, 2001a, 2001b, 2008; Espiritu, 2003; de Jesús, 2005; Bascara, 2006). A growing body of work has paid attention to the diversity of experiences in the diaspora, as well as the politics of identity and transnational relationships (see also Bonus, 2000; Parreñas 2001b, 2008; Ignacio, 2005; Faier, 2009; Gonzalez, 2009; Guevarra, 2009; Cruz, 2012; Pratt, 2012). Despite this growth of scholarship, Filipina women still largely remain underrepresented in the scope of migration research.