A Century of Immigrants and Health Care

A digital exhibition examining the intersection of immigration and public health over 130 years has uplifting moments—like home visits immigrants by New York nurses to curb infant mortality and the spread of disease.
But the National Library of Medicine’s “Outside/Inside” exhibit also documents “rampant bias.” In San Francisco and Honolulu, Chinese people were accused of carrying bubonic plague. And during a 1900 plague outbreak, Honolulu authorities burned buildings in Chinatown.
Advocates have fought against these ills—but stigma and barriers to care persist today. The exhibition shows “how health can become a pretext for discrimination,” writes Erin Blakemore.
The Washington Post

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