A Culture to Care


The History of Filipino Nurses in Virginia Exhibition

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Jolly Capucao at her capping ceremony in the late 1970s. (Photo courtesy Reynaldo “Ren” Capucao)
Jolly Capucao at her capping ceremony in the late 1970s. (Photo courtesy Reynaldo “Ren” Capucao)

Library of Virginia

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In conjunction with the exhibition New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond, which examines the state’s increasing diversity, the Library of Virginia will host an exhibition from the University of Virginia’s Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry.

Ren Capucao, a PhD nursing student at UVA, wondered why so many Filipinos were nurses. Based on his dissertation research with support from Virginia Humanities, the Philippine Nurses Association of Virginia, and the Bjoring Center, A Culture to Care tells the fascinating intertwined histories of the Philippines and the United States through the perspective of nursing, which dates back to the early 20th century and American imperialism. Since the 1970s, Filipinos have become the largest group of internationally educated nurses practicing in the United States. The exhibition provides insight into the Filipino diaspora and contemporary issues surrounding the interplay of race, migration, and healthcare.

UVA Today story about this project »

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