Virtuous Transcendence

Virtuous Transcendence

by Terry Brink, Keum Y Pang

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789009289
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Series: Haworth Aging, Psychology, and Mental Health Series
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordxi
Prefacexv
Introduction1
Theoretical Foundation3
Method5
Trying to Live As Americans Do6
Still Living by Korean Customs7
Parents Can Take Care of Ten Children, but Ten Children Cannot Support Their Parents7
Family Life8
Women's Lives8
Men's Lives9
Health, Illness, and Self-Care10
At Last, Death10
Theoretical Background in Somatization and Self-Care11
Discussion and Conclusion17
Part IEthos, Health, and Illness
Chapter 1.Theoretical Foundation23
The Urge to Tell Stories23
Depression23
Korean Ethos28
Mind-Body-Nature Cultivation in Korea29
Ancestors, Family, and Filial Piety in Korea30
Proverbs Reflecting Korean Values32
Self-Care34
Other Remedies37
Korean Immigrants and Depression40
Chapter 2.Method41
Sample42
Meaning and Interpretation of "Stories About Everyday Life"43
Part IIKorean-American Stories
Chapter 3.Trying to Live As Americans Do49
Optimistic Start: "I Don't See People, Only Cars on the Street"49
Sad But Not Depressed: "Are We Beggars or Houseguests in America?"51
Accepting Children's Adaptation to American Ways53
The Transformation of Despair into Hope54
Stress Caused by Discrimination55
Helping Children and Preparing for the Citizenship Test at the Same Time56
An Elderly Immigrant Woman's Life58
Chapter 4.Still Living by Korean Customs61
Ancestor Veneration and Hwabyung: Psychosocial, Cosmological, and Supernatural Causes61
A Virtuous Woman Leading a Contented Life63
A Cultivated Person Will Not Be Depressed67
A Wise Mother and a Good Wife (Hyun Mo Yang Chuh)68
Living in a Four-Generation Extended Family Household71
Dealing with Age Discrimination74
Chapter 5.Parents Can Take Care of Ten Children, but Ten Children Cannot Support Their Parents77
Living Independently and Transcending Grief77
Happiness and Gratitude79
Hwabyung and Intergenerational Conflicts81
Demystifying Family Solidarity: "I Fought with My Only Child Every Day"84
Inability to Forgive a Grandchild88
Chapter 6.Family Life93
A Couple Living Separately for the Children's Sake93
A Son Who Obeys His Wife's Command97
Shame and Guilt Experiences Because of Deaths in the Family99
Chapter 7.Women's Lives: Has Marriage Been Bitter, Salty, or Hot?103
Enjoying Peace: Forgiving the Unforgivable Through God's Grace103
Continued Suffering After Many Losses108
Achieving Healing After Injury to the Mind, Emotions, and Soul113
Materially Poor, but Free of Hwabyung and Living by Faith118
Depression: A Personal Experience120
Regret and Anxiety in Anticipation of Death123
"I Laugh When People Say They Have Hwabyung"125
Chapter 8.Men's Lives: "I Have to Cook and Do the Wash Although I Am a Man"129
A Lonely Korean Gentleman129
Depression Caused by Health Problems139
Pluralistic Care for Holistic Health141
Chapter 9.Health, Illness, and Self-Care: "There Is No Caring Son for a Long Illness"145
A Natural Progression of Later Life145
Physical Illness Caused by Depression149
Health Through Independence154
Living Courageously and Patiently158
The Tasks of Old Age160
Emotions Expressed As Physical Illness162
Recovery from Abuse Through Self-Cultivation167
Keeping Faith and High Moral Standards of Conduct to Defeat Depression172
Chapter 10.At Last, Death: Can a Person Really Want to Die?175
Disengagement of Korean Elders175
Waiting to Die Naturally177
Discussion and Conclusion181
Sociodemographic Observations181
Reciprocal Relations with Children182
Filial Piety183
Changes in Gender Roles185
Creating Harmony with Children185
Past Traumas185
The Need to Reciprocate186
The Struggle for Harmony Through Independence187
Does Fatalism Stop People from Helping Themselves?189
Koreans and Chong190
Korean Popular Illnesses193
Holism: Expressions of Emotional Distress in Physical Terms194
The Blessings of Korean Popular Illnesses198
Self-Care198
Resolving Depression199
Spiritual Awareness200
Glossary of Selected Terms207
Bibliography213
Index221

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