In Mrs. Wong's native China, people often keep illnesses like cancer a secret. That tradition continues even here in America, where her family settled in the 1950s. Years ago, Mrs. Wong's infant daughter developed a brain tumor and her own mother insisted she tell no one. When the baby died, the grandmother tried to dissuade Mrs. Wong from attending the funeral, so great was the stigma.Click here to access; it was published on October 4th (sub. req.).
Friday, October 10, 2008
Culture and cancer
Check out the Wall Street Journal article "In Some Cultures, Cancer Stirs Shame"; an excerpt: