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Drawing New Color LinesTransnational Asian American Graphic Narratives$
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Monica Chiu

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139385

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139385.001.0001

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The Awesome and Mundane Adventures of Flor de Manila y San Francisco

The Awesome and Mundane Adventures of Flor de Manila y San Francisco

(p.208) (p.209) 10 The Awesome and Mundane Adventures of Flor de Manila y San Francisco
Drawing New Color Lines

Catherine Ceniza Choy

Hong Kong University Press

In chapter 10, Catherine Ceniza Choy offers a close reading of Jenifer K Wofford’s 2008 graphic novel and kiosk poster project Flor de Manila y San Francisco in the historical and contemporary context of international health worker migration and, specifically, the immigration of Filipino nurses to the United States. Flor de Manila y San Francisco imagines six years (1973–78) in the life of the fictional Flor Villanueva, a young woman who has emigrated from Manila to San Francisco. Wofford’s graphic novel was also exhibited as public art, as part of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s “Art on Market Street” in 2008. Choy argues that a significant contribution of Wofford’s Flor de Manila y San Francisco is its ability to humanize the Filipino immigrant nurse and by extension health worker migrants for a general public. Although such migrants are featured actors of globalization in public policy studies and scholarly books and articles, they are often barely visible to the general public except as stereotypes and sound bites.

Keywords:   Asian American, Graphic novels, Comic Artists, Race, Asia, America, Caricatures, Manga, Visual studies, Pop Culture

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