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Links 1 through 3 of 3 by Latoya Peterson tagged culturalcompetency

"Welcome to the highly developed, long existing world of alternative medicine as practiced in Hispanic communities in Las Vegas and across the U.S. These botanicas and other medical venues — improvised or not — are favored by people who can’t afford Western-style care or have little interest in doctors who don’t understand the highly ingrained, ancient ways many cultures have when it comes to their healing practices."

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"I used to naively believe that educated people were less racist. Instead I found they are simply representative of the population at large. In fact, sometimes they are more racist simply because power and privilege blind them. Similarly, cultural competence has little to do with formal education. I used to think that cultural competence has to do with exposure, but now I don’t believe that either."

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"Mr. Lee asked for an interpreter, to no avail. He said that because he did not understand what the workers were saying, he had to return to the office repeatedly to hand in documents he filled out with outside help, only to understand from them vaguely that another piece of information or another form was required. Mr. Lee said he had requested an interpreter every time, but they insisted on dealing with him in English.
“'The workers don’t listen,' Mr. Lee, who lives in College Point, Queens, said through an interpreter. 'They regard themselves as kings.'”

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