Suicide Among Chinese and Japanese in America
In Japan, suicide has long been considered an acceptable way out of difficulties, whereas in China suicides have not been encouraged by the culture. Thus, the comparison of suicides among the Japanese in Japan and the United States and the Chinese in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and in the United States, offered an opportunity to evaluate the suicide data in the light of the cultural differences between the Chinese and Japanese. Comparing the suicides in the Chinese in Hong Kong, P.M. Yap (1958) showed in 1954 and 1955, the rate of suicide was much lower in Hong Kong as compared to Japan. Table I illustrates the difference. In addition, Yap points out that in 1953–1954, the rate of suicide was higher in the urban Hong Kong area, 14.8 to 16.3 per 100,000 in contrast to 8.7 in the rural “New Territories.”
KeywordsSuicida1 Behavior Suicide Rate Japanese Woman Caucasian Woman Chinese Woman
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