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Asian American History 101

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May 2, 2022

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 19! There are a lot of Filipino nurses. In fact, the Philippines is the leading exporter of registered nurses across the world. So how did that happen? Spoilers… American Colonialism was a factor. To celebrate National Nurses Day, we take a look into the History of Filipino Nurses and talk about some of the conditions they face with discrimination and racism. If this topic intrigues you, then we highly recommend reading the book Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History by Catherine Ceniza Choy, a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley. To begin this episode, we start with a brief history of National Nurses Day, and we close out the episode with another installment of What Are We Watching? This week we talk about going to see The King’s Jester, a live show by the incredible Hasan Minhaj. It was amazing for a lot of reasons! For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at or social media links at If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at


  • 00:26 National Nurses Day
  • 02:44 The History of Filipino Nurses
  • 23:03 What Are We Watching? The King’s Jester by Hasan Minhaj