Bjoring Center Nursing History Forum on March 12

“Neither the Colonizer Nor the Colonized:
Thai Nursing Students in the Philippines and New England, 1920 - 1931" 

Christine N. Peralta, PhD
March 12, 2024 at 12 p.m. (ET)

Passcode: 982406 

Hosted by the UVA Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry 

What do we learn about nursing and the history of the U.S. empire from the perspective of Thai women, who were neither the colonizer nor the colonized? Dr. Peralta will examine two groups of Thai nurses who traversed the U.S. empire to gain advanced nurse training in Boston and Manila in the early 20th century.

While Thailand was not within the U.S.'s official purview, the encounter between the U.S. colonial nursing instructors and the Thai nursing students learning within a colonial system created contradictory positions of power. Depending on who perceived this crossing, it could reflect the expanding influence for different parties invested in nursing education, either the Filipino and American medical workers, Thai elites, or both Thai and Filipino women. This talk examines these crossings and the approximate relationships of domination that supported and confounded the U.S. empire. Lastly, this presentation examines Filipino women's fraught relationship to power vis-a-vis science and medicine, which also represented (even if incompletely, temporarily, and immemorably) both the domination and the collaboration of Thai women.

Christine N. Peralta is a recipient of the Bjoring Center's 30th Anniversary Research Fellowship. She is an assistant professor of history and sexuality, women's and gender studies, at Amherst College.

We hope you’ll join us!

Maura Singleton
Center Manager
Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry

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