Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia
- About the Book
Today, the Philippines has become one of the largest exporters of medical workers in the world, with nursing in particular offering many the hope of a lucrative and stable career abroad. This timely volume narrates their stories in a multi-sited ethnography that follows aspiring migrants from Manila’s vibrant nursing schools to a different reality in Singapore’s multicultural hospitals and nursing homes, and back home to a Filipino village. In so doing, the book offers anthropological insights on the lives and expectations of Filipino medical workers who care for strangers in another Asian city and the everyday encounters, anxieties and boundaries they face. It locates their stories within wider debates on migration, labor, care, gender and citizenship, while contributing a new and distinctive perspective to the scholarship on labor migration in Asia.
- Megha Amrith is a Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility in Barcelona. She is an urban anthropologist of migration and has published on migrant labour, cultural diversity, care and citizenship in comparative contexts.