Theinterviewee was a Chinese man called Lui Chan who is a Buddhist andworks at a restaurant that is in China town. My name is MonicaChimamanda, the interview is a counselor by profession working at alocal hospital. I am a Christian and Nigerian working in the USAthrough the Green Card program. Lui Chan was recently involved in anaccident, and after the accident he was in a coma for six months. Itwas his first visit to my office where I was to assess him and findpossible solutions to what was wrong with him
Interviewsession with Lui Chan
LuiChan arrived at the hospital at the exact time that his appointmentwas scheduled. He knocked in my office, and I welcomed him in. Hecame in walking with the support of a crutch. I pulled the chair forhim so that he would sit down and I went back to my seat. Ourconversation started by asking him how his day was and asking thestate of his leg. He answered by saying that his day was okay. Ioffered him a cup of tea of which he said he doesn’t drink tea. Istarted the conversation by asking him how he was recovering from theaccident because he had also fractured his leg. He replied sayingthat he was recovering okay, and his leg was improving at a goodrate, and he expects it to be healed in a matter of months. Iencouraged him and told him that he will recover soon. Lui waslooking depressed like something was wrong him, so I asked him whatwas wrong with him. He said that he was having a lot of troublestrying to forget what he endured when he was involved in an accident,having survived the accident was made him feel a bit better becausethe accident did not take his life. He also mentioned that he hadproblems trying to recall the events that happened after theaccident, the only thing that he recalls is waking up in a hospitalbed. I asked him if he was having problems trying to socialize withpeople especially after the accident. He responded by saying that hedid have a lot of problems especially when people talk of the eventsthat happened while he was in a coma. From my analysis, I started tosee what Lui Chan was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorderbecause of the experience he endured during the accident. I asked himif he was having nightmares or flashbacks, he said that sometimes hehas them but he doesn’t have much often.
Idecided to drift away the conversation because I already knew whatproblems Lui Chan was going through and the solutions I wouldrecommend for him to recover from the post-traumatic stress. I askedhim what religion he belonged, and he replied that he was a Buddhist.I had to ask what being Buddhist entails, and he explained thatcompared to most religions they do not believe in a supreme being,what they believe is reaching or attaining Nirvana. I had to ask whatNirvana was, and he simply said that it was a state of happiness, anideal or idyllic place. I came to realize why he said that if thoughhe was a Buddhism he found it hard to adapt with the situation he wasin. Our conversation continued, and he asked me what religion I wasand I replied that I am a Christian, he inquired if am committed tomy religion, and I said yes. He eventually said that the reason heasked that is because he finds most people are Christians, but theydo not follow the Christian ways so much. I did agree with him thoughon that point that most Christians are not committed to theirreligion.
Timewas not our side, so I had to give him an analysis of what I observedduring the session we had. I told him that he was suffering frompost-traumatic stress because of the nightmares and flashbacks he washaving due to the accident. I recommended that he should be makingweekly visits to my office so that I can be able to help him.Concerning the part where he was in a coma and the fact he was tryingto connect things that happened while he was in a coma showed that hehad a dissociative amnesia. I told him that I could assist himrecover from the two disorders that he was having therefore I askedhim to avail himself for another appointment the following week sothat we could begin his treatment.
Ifinished explaining my diagnosis and that I had discovered during thesession, he said that he was very thankful for the service that Ioffered, and he asked when was the best time he should book hisappointment so that he could have more time to be helped. I gave thedays that I am usually free. I proceeded to escort him out as I toldhim that I was looking forward to meeting him. He left the officebeing jovial as he went to book his next appointment.
Achievementof cultural competency
Bydefinition, cultural competence is a combination of policies thatorganizations make to enable them to work efficiently when it comesto different cultures. In my case, I will give a detailed observationtowards how I felt our conversation was.
Wewere both of different cultures and the moment we started having aconversation it was like we knew each other. The reason being he wasfree with me, for example, the problems he was going through heexplained them confidently, and I diagnosed his problem correctly.He’s way of answering questions to detail was also an indicationthat the conversation we were having was ok. Both of us being ofdifferent culture did not deter us from a good conversation. Anotherexample that could show that the appointment was culturally competentwas when he said that he will be coming back to another appointmentand the appreciation he showed after the appointment (Marginson,2004).
Differencebetween the interviewee and the interviewer regarding race andreligion
Inoticed that we have a lot of differences between the interviewee andme, I am a Nigerian and a Christian by religion and the betweenBuddhism and Christianity there are a lot of differences. One majordifference is that Buddhism does not believe in a creator God whilein Christianity they do believe there exists a God. When it comes torace, we are different because Lui Chan is an Asian and I am anAfrican. Our races are completely different regarding our ethics(Marginson, 2004). For instance, Africans usually have to toil harderto get the same opportunity as an Asian would get. For example, thebad conditions that some African kids are raised in e.g. civil wars,poor infrastructure or lack of schools. These are some of the factorsthat would prove that Africans have higher work ethic than Asians.The main point is that an African will have to work harder to be inthe same position as an Asian who was given the basic needs.
Ialso asked Lui Chan what being a Buddhist involves He said that whenit comes religion they do not believe in a supreme being. He alsosaid that compared to Christianity they do not have salvation butwhat they do have is to attain Nirvana. Buddhism entails letting goof desires, yearnings, and affections and try to dismiss theirignorance. This shows a difference in the two religions since theyhave different primary goals. Compared to Christianity where peoplebelieve in salvation, Buddhism is a simple religion that doesn’thave a lot of strictness or rules. For example, in Buddhism we don’thave commandments or too many limitations but just one goal that isto attain Nirvana.
Inthis modern world where technology is vast and people can communicateand travel to any world destination. It has become very important toteach people about the diverse cultures we have in this world so thatpeople can understand each other. If we can understand each other’sculture, then we will be able to work together as a community. Thismeans that people will be able to work anywhere in the world. Forexample, those students who would like to study in foreign countrieswill have an opportunity to pursue their life goals comfortably.
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