Reading Howard Zinn: Narratives of Resistance
Brave /brāv/ verb. Endure or face unpleasant conditions or behavior with courage. This week, we had our very first focus group with 10 women who are domestic helpers in Singapore, and we are also continuing to interview women who are currently working in their employers' homes. "Brave" only scratches the surface in describing the stories we heard. Together, the CARE team and the focus group discovered that there are so many problems, injustices, and issues to tackle together and through all the tears in the focus group, mine included, I was confronted with how different our worlds are but how similar our hearts are. At the very core, regardless of socioeconomic status, occupation, or culture, people want to be treated like real people, with respect and dignity, and as we all know, it's painful when it is not afforded to you. [caption id="attachment_1289" align="aligncenter" width="400"] PHOTO CREDIT: http://home.org.sg/[/caption]
The CARE reading group, in its 5th session, discussed the chapter titled, Health, Culture, and Globalization (Dutta, 2008, Chapter 10). The discussion ranged from issues about health as commodity and the increasing commercialization of medical and pharmaceutical industries, to the effect of neoliberal policies on people’s health, especially marginalized groups, and concluded on the ways to find alternatives to increase health care access to disenfranchised communities.
Written by Abdul Rahman Bin Abdol Rahim & Ahmed Abid Culture and marginalization within the context of healthcare during post-colonial times was discussed in the 4th session of the CCA Scholars reading group on June 26, 2013. During the session, Rahman summarized Chapter 6 on ‘Culture and Marginalization’ by linking inaccessibility to health care resources due to inequality with the fact that the voices of the marginalised are unseen and unheard. Ahmed pointed out that Chapter 7 ‘Health Experience by Marginalised Sector’ brings a social change perspective to the narratives of the groups pushed to the margins who need to be heard. Continue reading
[caption id="attachment_1143" align="alignleft" width="160"] Alternative ways of healing[/caption] In this session, as a group of CCA researchers from different cultures and backgrounds, we shared our own views on how culture shapes identity, how culture plays an important role in managing health and healing in our lives, and how narratives can create a space for subalterns to speak. Throughout the discussion, we also clarified two key concepts in the Culture-Centered Approach (CCA) based on the following questions: “Why does CCA focus on the subaltern in society?” and “What is the role of culture in CCA?”