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Taiwanese Immigrants Medical Experiences An Exploratory Study
Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies (2016)
  • Chien-Juh Gu
Immigrants’ medical experiences are an important and yet rarely
studied topic. To fill this gap, this article provides an exploratory
investigation concerning how immigrant status, gender, and race
affect Taiwanese immigrants’ health care choices, their perceptions
of medical professionals, and their health behavior in
the United States. Data are based on 16 in-depth interviews and
participant observations in a Taiwanese immigrant community in
a Midwestern urban area. Findings suggest that Taiwanese
immigrants rely heavily on their coethnics for gathering medical
information. The subjects’ perceptions of a physician’s gender
convey stereotypes and reflect sexual body boundaries. While
aware of their minority status and its impact on health care, the
subjects show racial prejudice toward Black physicians. They also
often contrast the two medical systems in the sending and
receiving societies when describing their health care experiences.
Implications of this study for scholars and health care providers
are discussed.

  • health care experience; medical encounter; Taiwanese immigrants; doctor-patient interaction
Publication Date
Spring April 13, 2016
Citation Information
Chien-Juh Gu. "Taiwanese Immigrants Medical Experiences An Exploratory Study" Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies (2016)
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