Catherine Ceniza Choy
Author, Empire of Care
Why the phil? Some observers claim it’s natural for US to look to the phil to recruit nurses. Some claim filipino women are nurturing and inately caring making them a natural target for nursing recruitment in the US.
My research emphasizes the US colonial presence in the phil beginning in 1898-1946. One of the proj in US colonialism was educ of filipinos. And this educ included americanized training hosp system that actively recruited young filipino women, specifically to train as nurses. That currciculum was modeled after US professional nursing curriculum. That also included the study of english language, both english grammar and colloquial english.