Filipino nurses and "Better Luck Tomorrow"


Hello from Neera Tanden’s shoe closet!

0:00 – The gang’s back together, with geographic and pandemic updates.

10:00 – Data recently compiled by National Nurses United tell us that nearly a quarter of registered nurses in the US who’ve died from the coronavirus are Filipino. Why this outsized fraction? Can histories of colonization and migration, as well as labor economics, help us make sense of the numbers?

49:07 – In the first of what we hope will become a recurring a segment, we talk about a classic Asian American film: Justin Lin’s “Better Luck Tomorrow.” Does it hold up? Why did Roger Ebert once defend it so vigorously? And how does it compare to Lin’s more famous franchise (“Fast and Furious”)? To “corny” immigrant literature?

Our next movie talk, a few weeks from now, will be on “Chan is Missing.” Watch along with us!

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