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Why are there so many Filipino nurses in the U.S.?
Fiat Vox: Why are there so many Filipino nurses in the U.S.?
Growing up in New York City, ethnic studies professor Catherine Ceniza Choy remembers seeing a lot of nurses dressed in their crisp white uniforms. She and her mom lived in an apartment building near several hospitals, so seeing health workers in the community wasn’t unusual.
But she also noticed that many of the nurses were Filipino.
Years later, as a graduate student at UCLA, Choy began to wonder: Why were there so many Filipino nurses in the U.S.? What she found took her back to the early 20th century after the Philippines became a U.S. colony.