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The person I will be interviewing describes herself as an lesbian. I feel curious about her identities and the experience of being an lesbian. Being honest, I have bias and stereotypes of homoerotism, because I growed up with the culture which does not allow homoerotism, if you are homoerotism, you are deviant and unfilial to your parent. I want to eliminate this prejudice through this interview. During my interview, I will ask her some questions, such as, how is the feeling being an lesbian, and does she feels any discriminated in her life, especially when she access to health care issue, if so, what is her advice to avoid such discrimination.
I interviewed a female Persian coworker from Iran. She fled Iran two years ago with her family because the government was becoming intolerable. In her country, most of the people are Muslim that practice Islamic rule and from her experience she did not like it because the laws were strict, such as fully covering herself and wearing a hijab at all time. If she was caught not wearing the hijab or exposing her body to the public, she could potentially go to jail for six months to a year. She described the lack of job opportunity and education for women compared to men, she was verbally harassed from men to the point that she had to call the police, but the police denied her of help. In addition, she explained when women were raped, they were blamed for putting themselves in a dangerous situation.
Despite the neglect and inequality of women, she described Iran as a beautiful place where its safe to travel. She has a tight knit family who eat together, pray together, and laugh together on a regular basis which she misses very much. Her father and two sisters are physicians in Iran but unfortunately, they’re unable to practice medicine in America. She did not consider her family wealthy or middle class, but they were comfortable. Her diet comprised of lots of rice, vegetables, and especially Saffron, a spice that she puts on everything she eats! In Iran they have an abundance of high quality Saffron and I commented how expensive it is in America. In terms of healthcare, it’s difficult to purchase medicine especially for cancer treatments, but she’s grateful her family has not endured any chronic diseases. When she came to America, she did not speak English very well, but learned quickly. Compared to Iran, she was overwhelmed of how hard she had to work in America, but she responded, “I finally feel free!” However, when someone asked her where she’s from, people would have an unsettling look as if she was a terrorist. She would feel sad at first, but she understood that the middle east has been portrayed in a negative light and she also acknowledges that people do not know the facts or her experiences, thus she doesn’t take things personally. My coworker admires how diverse it is in America and wants to learn about other cultures. Her ultimate long-term goal is to become a doctor and go back to her country to help others in need.
My initial assumption of the Middle East and the people were negative because I received my knowledge from the media which attacked the culture and religion. Apparently, there is a difference in the way Iran functions through Islamic Rule compared to America which we are free to practice any religion. It seemed like it was meant to suppress women of their rights, their voice, their bodies, their education, and their mental and physical health to the extreme. I knew little about the struggles of what the women had to endure but to personally hear it’s quite shocking. We both had a lot in common in regard to obtaining a higher education, using our knowledge to help those in need, be a productive member of society, and live in joy and peace Lastly, the fact that she values the relationships her family members is wonderful because I think it’s important to have a strong bond with family to reduce stress and gain support during hardships.
Throughout the interview she radiated so much positive energy and compassion for people, I was amazed considering her unpleasant experiences in Iran. I have learned so much about who she is and her life in Iran, it encouraged me to reevaluate my life and appreciate my blessings. I was astonished to hear the type of suppression and abuse of women still happening in the 21st century. It’s just not right, period! I have problems in my life but its not compared to what my coworker went through. I have been taking life in America for granted because I was naive to acknowledge other cultures because I thought my American values were superior. This experience has inspired me to be more open minded and respectful of other cultures, especially the people from the Middle East. As a future healthcare worker, this learning experience has given me the tools to be more sympathetic towards other cultures, so I may provide the best care. It’s not fair to assume anyone’s life or behaviors just because they’re different. My assumptions of the Middle East and the people have slightly subsided, I still need to change my way of thinking which takes time. But I’ve learned through my coworker, they are too individuals, entitled to a healthy and prosperous life. I agree when Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
In the full report due on Oct 22, you will include a summary of the first part as well. This should not exceed one-fourth of your full report. In the full report, you can edit or modify the text from the first part of the assignment in light of the feedback.
Tips on interviewing someone
Request your interviewee for an anonymous conversation about their health practices, attitudes and so on. Preferably, it should be someone you do not have a close relationship with.
Explain to them that this conversation is for a class assignment and their identity will not be revealed. If they consent to talk/be interviewed, ask them about attitudes, beliefs and practices among their culture towards health and healthcare in general, or a specific health issue in particular. Some general questions to help you are given below.
Write a two-page report about the interview in an essay form or arranged as per the rubric criteria. You will not identify/name the person(s) you interviewed, but will identify their age, gender and culture.
This report must include a reflection on
1. your own identity and culture,
2. what you learnt from the interviewee/respondent about attitudes, beliefs and practices regarding health and healthcare,
3. how this was similar or different than what you expected to find in the interview and why,
4. whether and why you expect this interaction to have any impact (or not) on future interactions with members of this cultural group, especially in a healthcare setting and
how you will serve the healthcare needs of persons with perspectives different than yours, especially among persons from different cultures.
Some of the questions you may want to ask, but are not limited to include:
What does health and being healthy mean to you?
What are some of the largest health concerns for you or people from your culture?
Do you practice any complementary or alternative medicines or cultural rituals related to healing?
What is the effect of foods traditionally consumed in your culture on your health?
Do you believe that health programs serve the needs of your culture/family/yourself in a satisfactory way?
What elements should health programs have in order to be successful in serving healthcare needs of persons from your culture?
1. Reassure the respondent that they don’t have to be experts on the questions you are asking. You are interested in their perspective and they should answer questions to the best of their knowledge.
2. Probe gently. Examples of probing include asking follow-up questions, requesting examples and so on. For example, if a person responds that talking about health beliefs is hard, ask them, “ You said explaining symptoms to a doctor is hard. Could you please explain that a little more?” OR “ Could you share an example or experience in which it was hard to discuss symptoms with a doctor? What made it hard to do?”
3. Reassure the respondent that they don’t have to answer any question they are not comfortable answering.
4. If the person is uncomfortable, ask them if talking another time may be preferable.
5. Seek their permission to take notes.
The full report should not exceed two pages, single-spaced with 1 inch margins on both sides, font size 11/12 and font type Times New Roman or Arial. Please follow formatting requirements to avoid losing points. Please put your last name in the filename, e.g. George part2.docx.
The purpose of this assignment is to provide you an opportunity to think deeply about reducing health disparities through inter-personal interaction and investigation of your own perspectives. There are no right or wrong answers. Instead, the quality of your work will be judged on the basis of writing quality, depth of analysis and synthesis of the material you present.