Explain the Korean language, belief system, food, and religion.
List health promotion strategies
Korea is located in the continent of Asia. It is located on the Korean peninsula that splits into two countries; North Korea and South Korea therefore there are many culture differences. It is surrounded by the Sea of Japan, Korean Bay, and the Yellow Sea.
Hangul is the Korean alphabet. Of all Korea's cultural assets, the citizens are proudest of hangul and has designated October 9th as Hangul Day, to memorialize and celebrate the invention of the alphabet.
Traditionally, older people are accorded honor. At dinner the eldest person sits first and eats and drinks before anyone else can begin. Anyone older must always be addressed with honorifics, even among acquaintances.
Hard work, obedience to family, protection of the family, and proper decorum among family members are very much Korean values, even in the modern world.
Bowing is a traditional way of greeting especially if they are older. Also take your shoes off before you enter someone’s home, and give gifts especially when someone has helped you in some way.
FOOD. ETIQUETTE. RELIGION.
There are many different dishes that are a staple in the Korean cuisine such as kimchi, which is fermented cabbage and hot chili pepper paste, soups, sticky rice prepared in a rice cooker or stovetop, and seafood either fresh or dried.
Buddhism and Christianity are the two main religions that exist in the South Korean culture. Buddhism is the oldest religion practiced in this culture which has somewhat declined due to the incline of the Christianity religion.
Sitting with your legs crossed on the floor or on a cushion at a low height table is certainly Korean etiquette style for eating at home.
In the Korean culture healthcare views can be mixed, some are traditional and some are more up to date to the modern day.
Some traditional treatments consist of: massages, herbal remedies, and herbal supplements
Most medical treatments are curative instead of preventative in the traditional Korean culture
Some Koreans believe that western medicine is too strong so they may alter the drug dosage
Approaching the Korean culture respectfully and displaying some of the basic factors of the culture will assist in healthcare promotion.
I would not promote a diet or food altering for health promotion because in the Korean culture food is sometimes used for sickness such as seaweed soup or ginseng added to soups.
As a healthcare professional, providing healthcare promotion is ideal for this culture.
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