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Jan 17 | Philippine Nurses in the US: Faith and Professional Communities in the Age of COVID and Anti-Asian Hate

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

2:00-3:00 pm EST


Georgetown University, McGhee Library

Edward B. Bunn, S.J., Intercultural Center (ICC) Suite 301

3700 O Street NW

Washington, DC 20057

Philippine nurses in the US worked on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic and accounted for a disproportionate number of all nursing deaths. Adding to the pressures felt by the Filipino healthcare communities, incidences of anti-Asian hate crimes during this period spiked by 145%, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. In this seminar, Norfolk State University Professor Aprilfaye Manalang will present her work exploring the role of faith and community support among Philippine nurses in Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads, a hub for the largest naval base in the world and where one of the largest Filipino-American communities in the Southeast resides.

Angela Librado-Trinidad, Labor Attaché of the Philippine Embassy, will serve as Discussant, and Professor Beth Ferris, Director of ISIM, will serve as Moderator.


Aprilfaye Manalang, Ph.D.

A writer, speaker and multi-awarded educator, Dr. Manalang has extensive knowledge of the Filipino American experience. She earned a Distinguished Dissertation Award (Doctoral Fellowship), April 2013, for her thesis, “How Does Religion Shape Filipino Immigrants’ Connection to the Public Sphere? Imagining a Different Self-Understanding of Modernity.”


This seminar is jointly organized by the US Philippines Society, and the Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), the Global Human Development (GHD) Program and the Asian Studies program.

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