Questions that face dying individuals, their families, and the professionals that help them at the end of their lives are explored in this volume. The contributors help the reader to come to terms with issues of mortality complicated by the diversity of cultures within society.
Chapter 8: Cultural Issues in End-of-Life Decision Making among Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States
Cultural Issues in End-of-Life Decision Making among Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States
Some of the oldest cultures in the world are from Asia, and as in all cultures, strong beliefs and traditions established over time have helped individuals to deal with death. When individuals migrate from Asia to the United States, not only the health care but also the “death care” might seem inappropriate and strange. The same is true for individuals from the diverse populations in the Pacific Islands, whether they migrated or, as in the case of Native Hawaiians, had a foreign culture imposed on them.
The starting point in understanding the potential cultural disparity that individuals ...