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Articles > Cancer Screenings Hard Sell for Korean Americans

 
Jul 4, 2010
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(New America Media)

Bbali, Bbali.

It means quickly. You will hear it shouted in many places by Korean Americans, particularly in restaurants, because Korean Americans are often busy and have no time to wait. They have businesses to run, children to raise, churches to go to. Prioritizing is important.

"So many Koreans in our research own their own businesses, meaning sometimes they have to work 16-18 hours a day. This makes it difficult for them to focus on their health," said Haera Han, a Korean community health researcher and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Md.

Their entrepreneurship also often means that Korean Americans don't have employer-based medical insurance and can't afford to purchase it for themselves.  

Full story: Researcher: Korean Americans don’t get regular checkups and screenings