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Joaquin Jay Gonzalez

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814731963

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814731963.001.0001

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Gathering Souls with Food

Gathering Souls with Food

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Filipino American Faith in Action

Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the role of food in the religious life of migrants. It expounds on the ways in which the adaptive spirit of faithful Filipino migrants helps them negotiate the complexities associated with migration to multicultural San Francisco. The chapter also demonstrates how the American, Latino, and Asian elements embedded within Filipino culture facilitate migrants' absorption and accommodation of San Francisco's culturally diverse environment. Adaptive kasamahan in two sites—Iglesia ni Cristo in Daly City and Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in downtown San Francisco—illustrates how Filipino faithful accommodate and adapt to the many practical challenges of migrant life, such as locating work, as well as the emotional pitfalls, such as homesickness and loneliness.

Keywords:   Filipino Americans, food, Filipino migrants, religious life, culinary traditions, kasamahan, Iglesia ni Cristo, Saint Patrick's Catholic Church

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