for better communication:
Avoid hand gestures; some, such as beckoning with the index finger, is insulting to Filipinos & Koreans.
things several times; patients may refuse at first in order to be polite.
Realize that since pronouns do not exist in most Asian languages, they will often confuse "he" or "she".
Accept that wives may defer to husbands in decision-making. Involve the family in decision-making.
Realize that sons may be valued more than daughters.
Recognize that Asian culture is hierarchical; tremendous respect is often accorded to the elderly.
Women are generally stoic while giving birth.
Traditionally, new mothers avoid cold, bathing & exercise for one month post partum ("Doing the Month"). Respect post-partum prescriptions for rest. Sponge baths may be preferred.
Since pregnancy is thought to be a "hot" condition within traditional Chinese medicine, birth depletes the body of heat. Restoration of warmth is important. Offer liquids other than ice water, which may be deemed too "cold".
Parents may avoid naming baby for up to 30 days.
of Life Issues
Fevers are often treated by wrapping in warm blankets and drinking warm liquids.
Avoid giving ice water, unless requested. May prefer hot liquids, such as tea.
Use of herbs common. Be sure to instruct on the use of western medication.
Avoid the number "4" -- it may signify death for Chinese & Japanese.
Mental illness is often highly stigmatized in most Asian countries. Patients with emotional problems are likely to somaticize them and present with physical complaints. Patients may be reluctant to discuss emotional problems with strangers.