This paper examines the intersections between death and culture in the context of hospice care. The patient demographics of modern hospice care are overwhelmingly White; through an analysis of the formation of Korean-American culture and its distinct values, I conclude that hospice as we know it today primarily adheres to the Western conceptualization of a “good death”, and therefore is not accessible to those who belong to different cultures. In order to remedy this and to explain the racial disparities among hospice patients, I apply a model of cultural competency that specifically caters to Korean-American death traditions. While the effects of implementation are unknown, this model reimagines hospice to be a critical nexus between cultural variance and a good death.
"Dying the Good Death: Cultural Competence and Variance in Hospice Care,"
Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities: Vol. 8
, Article 9.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/tapestries/vol8/iss1/9
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