Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History (Google eBook)

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Duke University Press, Jan 10, 2003 - Medical - 257 pages
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In western countries, including the United States, foreign-trained nurses constitute a crucial labor supply. Far and away the largest number of these nurses come from the Philippines. Why is it that a developing nation with a comparatively greater need for trained medical professionals sends so many of its nurses to work in wealthier countries? Catherine Ceniza Choy engages this question through an examination of the unique relationship between the professionalization of nursing and the twentieth-century migration of Filipinos to the United States. The first book-length study of the history of Filipino nurses in the United States, Empire of Care brings to the fore the complicated connections among nursing, American colonialism, and the racialization of Filipinos.

Choy conducted extensive interviews with Filipino nurses in New York City and spoke with leading Filipino nurses across the United States. She combines their perspectives with various others—including those of Philippine and American government and health officials—to demonstrate how the desire of Filipino nurses to migrate abroad cannot be reduced to economic logic, but must instead be understood as a fundamentally transnational process. She argues that the origins of Filipino nurse migrations do not lie in the Philippines' independence in 1946 or the relaxation of U.S. immigration rules in 1965, but rather in the creation of an Americanized hospital training system during the period of early-twentieth-century colonial rule. Choy challenges celebratory narratives regarding professional migrants’ mobility by analyzing the scapegoating of Filipino nurses during difficult political times, the absence of professional solidarity between Filipino and American nurses, and the exploitation of foreign-trained nurses through temporary work visas. She shows how the culture of American imperialism persists today, continuing to shape the reception of Filipino nurses in the United States.

  

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User Review  - Jensen - Goodreads

“Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History” is a book that brings together key themes in Filipino American history through oral histories and primary sources. Catherine Choy ... Read full review

Review: Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History

User Review  - Becca - Goodreads

Great introduction to the history of Filipino nurses' experiences and reasons for migrating to the US, United States' immigration laws, and Philippine government rhetoric about national duty. I felt ... Read full review

Contents

The Contours of a Filipino American History
1
Nurturing Empire
15
Caring Unbound
59
Still the Golden Door?
119
Epilogue
186
On Sources
193
Notes
197
Bibliography
229
Index
245
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About the author (2003)

Catherine Ceniza Choy is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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