Korean Elderly Women in America: Everyday Life, Health, and Illness (Immigrant Communities & Ethnic Minorities in the United States & Canada 69)
By: Keum-Young Chung Pang (author)Hardback
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This study focuses on the beliefs and practices of elderly Korean women in regard to health and illness. "Elderly" among the Koreans meaning anyone past 60 years (an age one was not expected to attain), this study ranges from women aged 64 to 80, specifically 20 Korean immigrants in the greater metropolitan Washington area. Little work has been done in this milieu, yet Korean immigration has increased by 1300 percent between 1965 (when the old restrictive quota system was abolished) and 1974. By 1981, there were 638,310 Koreans living in the United States, of whom about 45,000 are deemed elderly. The health care system is both internally and externally structured, internally as individuals and families interact in matters of health and illness at a lay, non-professional, non-specialist level. The external structure is the professional sector of organized healers: the American medical profession in this case. Dr Pang deals primarily with the internal workings of the elderly Korean community as seen through these 20 women.
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