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Precarious PrescriptionsContested Histories of Race and Health in North America$
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Laurie B. Green, John Mckiernan-González, and Martin Summers

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816690466

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816690466.001.0001

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Professionalizing “Local Girls”

Professionalizing “Local Girls”

Nursing and U.S. Colonial Rule in Hawai‘i, 1920–1948

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(p.143) 7 Professionalizing “Local Girls”
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Precarious Prescriptions
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Jean J. Kim

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816690466.003.0007

Jean Kim This chapter examines the multiple colonial roots of “local girls,” or indigenous Hawaiian, Asian, and mixed-race women working in Hawai’i as nurses in the early twentieth century and how these women both reproduced and challenged the racializing impulses of colonial biomedicine within changing parameters of settler and territorial inequalities.

Keywords:   Traditional healing, Ethnic Studies, Medicine, African Americans, Native Americans, Critical Race Theory, Public health, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Immigration Studies

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