Culture and Disability provides information about views of disability in other cultures and ways in which rehabilitation professionals may improve services for persons from other cultures, especially recent immigrants. The book includes chapters with descriptions of the interaction of culture and disability. A model on "Culture Brokering" provides a framework for addressing conflicts that often arise between service providers and clients from differing cultures. Seven chapters discuss the cultural perspectives of China, Jamaica, Korea, Haiti, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam, focusing on how disability is understood in these cultures.
Chapter 4: Best Practices: Developing Cross-Cultural Competence from a Chinese Perspective
Best Practices: Developing Cross-Cultural Competence from a Chinese Perspective
The 2000 U.S. Census showed people of Chinese descent to be the largest single group of Asians in the country, comprising more than 20% of the 11.9 million Asians (Barnes & Bennett, 2002). The Asian American Health Forum (1990) revealed that more than 63% of Chinese Americans are foreign-born, 23% do not speak English well, 72.5% speak a language other than English at home, and 53% live in the western United States.
The Chinese in the United States are a heterogeneous group. They include people from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other Southeast Asian countries, and they are characterized by significant linguistic, social, economic, and political differences ...