Essay on Cultural Assessment Of Filipino Culture
Introduction to Andrei Vasquez
The writer met Andrei Vasquez in a Krav Maga class we both take weekly. He agreed to meet with after class on October 17th, 2016 to talk about his culture. Andrei is from the capital Manila in the Philippines, he says pollution is very bad there. He moved with his family to the U.S. in 2012 and has lived in Union City, CA ever since. He is 28 years old and is in “Intimacy and Solidarity vs. Isolation” Erikson stage of growth and development (Erikson, 1982). He is single and living with his parents. Living with parents until married is part of Filipino culture. Andrei is a licensed vocational nurse and is currently working as a caregiver, he wants to one day get his RN and work in the ER. This paper will discuss Filipino culture in regards to heath (Personal communication, Andrei Vasquez).
Traditional Definitions of Health and Illness
Andrei says that Filipino’s define health as the absence from illness and disease. He then goes into details of Filipino health care beliefs, which will be discussed in the next paragraph. He says that traditionally Filipino’s believe that illness and disease is a result of a curse that was put on to the person or bad spirits (Personal communication, Andrei Vasquez). It is thought by some that persons with the evil eye can curse others. Illness and disease can be attributed to forces of nature, sins, witchcraft, or spells (D’Avanzo, 2008).
Traditional Methods of Healing