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BITS OF CULTURE - Hong Kong
 
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Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

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Official language:
Cantonese
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Cultural Values

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
  • Buddhism and Taoism .
  • Suicide for personal reasons is not perceived as good. The general belief is that there is life after death even for those without a strong religious faith.
  • There are three cycles after life - the past life, the present life, and the future life.
  • The grieving process is usually public with a funeral to remember the person's life. There are certain things people wear to show there is a death in the family. Everyone except the family members often dress in black. The family dresses in a special outfit that is white in color and over it, they wear a brown cloth. They also wear a white hat.
  • The religious background of the family is the main factor. According to general Chinese customs, friends and relatives may visit for several days. On the last day, there is time for people to see the deceased before the burial. Close friends and relatives often attend the burial ceremony.
  • The appropriate way to approach the surviving family members is to bow to family and friends to show your respect .
  • The most appropriate way to offer support is by talking to the family members directly and giving sympathy.
  • Questions about the deceased are not appropriate shortly after the death
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Health Care Values
  • Counseling and/or mental health problems are not something people like to openly discuss.
  • Medication for mental health is probably more acceptable than talking to a counselor.
  • Traditional Chinese medicine talks about how physical illness may affect people's temperament and personality. Doctor's may begin a diagnosis with a description of the patient's personality and daily habits.
  • There is also emphasis on herbal tea to "calm frustration/irritation."
    Western medicine is usually viewed as a "good quick fix" solution with strong negative side effects on the body.
  • Individual and family preference has a big impact on how information is shared. It often depends on how well the family believes the individual can take the bad news. It also depends on the relationship between the individual and the deceased

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Diet
  • Rice is the staple of the diet.
  • Cooked vegetables, mushrooms, tofu, and small amounts of meat, pork, or fish, with occasional poultry and eggs.
  • Large amounts of meat are rarely consumed at one meal. Fruits are eaten, as they are available.
  • Soybeans are used in a variety of ways, mainly as tofu (soybean curd) or as soy sauce, a favorite flavoring.
  • Milk products are consumed infrequently, mostly as yogurt.
  • Pickled, smoked, and salted foods, usually fish or meats, are also common to the culture.
  • Dim sum and tea take center stage, with its nutritious soups coming a close second.

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Interesting Facts
  • One of Hong Kong's major exports is human sewage, which the Chinese use to fertilize farmlands.
  • City with the most Rolls Royce's per capita is Hong Kong.


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