Migrant Returns: Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity
The Balikbayan House: The Precarity of Return Migrant Homes
This chapter examines the spaces produced by Filipinos returning to the Philippines, specifically the balikbayans’ homes, where specific memories of being Filipino during their childhood must be reconciled with the habitus adopted while living in the United States. The neighborhoods where balikbayans invest, rebuild, and resettle are often unremarkable, in contrast to the “remittance landscapes” transformed by money sent home by transnational migrants. Balikbayans remake their homes and lives from a particular nostalgia for their childhoods in the Philippines. At the same time, they merge these lifestyles with customs, beliefs, and traditions they developed while acculturating to life in the...