Empire of Care Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History

ISBN-10: 082233089X
ISBN-13: 9780822330899
Edition: 2003
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 1/31/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

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 professionalisation 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 racialisation of Filipinos. Choy conducted extensive interviews with Filipino nurses in New York City and she 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 the United States's 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.

Catherine Ceniza Choy is Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  She is the author of the award-winning book Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History .

Emily Rosenberg specializes in U.S. foreign relations in the twentieth century and is the author of SPREADING THE AMERICAN DREAM: AMERICAN ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL EXPANSION, 1890-1945 (1982); FINANCIAL MISSIONARIES TO THE WORLD: THE POLITICS AND CULTURE OF DOLLAR DIPLOMACY (1999), which won the Ferrell Book Award; A DATE WHICH WILL LIVE: PEARL HARBOR IN AMERICAN MEMORY (2004); and TRANSNATIONAL CURRENTS IN A SHRINKING WORLD, 1870-1945 (2014). Her other publications include (with Norman L. Rosenberg) IN OUR TIMES: AMERICA SINCE 1945, Seventh Edition (2003), and numerous articles dealing with foreign relations in the context of international finance, American culture, and gender ideology. She has served on the board of the Organization of American Historians, on the board of editors of the American Historical Review, and as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Contours of a Filipino American History
Nurturing Empire
Nursing Matters: Women and U.S. Colonialism in the Philippines
"The Usual Subjects": The Preconditions of Professional Migration
Caring Unbound
"Your Cap Is a Passport": Filipino Nurses and the U.S. Exchange Visitor Program
To the Point of No Return: From Exchange Visitor to Permanent Resident
Still the Golden Door?
Trial and Error: Crime and Punishment in America's "Wound Culture"
Conflict and Caring: Filipino Nurses Organize in the United States
Epilogue
Appendix: On Sources
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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