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.

Disability and Korean Culture

Disability and Korean culture
Weol SoonKim-Rupnow


The purpose of this chapter is to provide information to rehabilitation service providers in the United States that will assist them in working effectively with persons who hold traditional Korean values. The topics of Korean history, immigration, culture, language, religion, and views on disabilities are included to provide the reader with a brief overview and background. For those who seek more detailed information, the references cited in each section can be used as a starting point.

Data about Koreans with disabilities in America are limited. The anecdotal examples cited in this chapter illustrate some typical Korean beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes but should not be applied categorically to all Koreans. Individuals will act differently depending on their degree of ...

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