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The Chinese culture exist as a result of
combining traditions of the old world and traditions of today’s lifestyle. Many
people would also compare this as co- existing in the Yin Yang formula of
balance. The Chinese culture can still be seen wearing the traditional Chinese
Qipao dress, while working in towering skyscrapers. As does every culture, the
Chinese culture has a lot of diversity. This includes their arts; paintings and
printing techniques, and pottery and sculpting, and their sciences. China has over
56 ethnic groups, meaning that there is a lot of variety to everything. One
example is language. Although it is all the same language, the majority of the
population refer to the minority language as dialect. Another example would be Religion,
which can vary from ethnic group to ethnic group. Religion is based off the
teachings of China’s most famous philosopher Zhou Dynasty. Throughout his
lifetime, as a government official, he developed a moral code which he based on
the ideas of respect, honest, education, kindness and strong family bonds.

In today’s society, it’s very rare for us to
go anywhere in the United States and not see some kind of Chinese restaurant.
But have to you ever thought about what Chinese food taste like at it origin?
The Chinese culture basic ingredients consist of rice, soybeans and tea. These
3 basic ingredients are home to china, they constitute the Chinese diet. With
soybeans, also comes soy milk and soy sauce, which is the main seasonings used
on most foods. Tea is used not only in everyday life, but also for many
ceremonies such as weddings; as a sign of appreciation to the parents of the
bride and groom. Many of the ingredients the Chinese use to cook with are
somewhat exotic, such as lotus roots. We see this as exotic, but the Chinese
culture sees it as delicacies, and are often only prepared for special
occasions. As for their cooking methods, the Chinese culture and the Western
culture share a lot in common. The Chinese culture cooking methods are boiling,
deep frying, roasting and the most popular method; stir fry. Here in the United
States, we would normally just use a frying pan or sauce pan to cook stir fry,
but since this is the most popular, the Chinese culture prefer to use a Wok.
This is a round, deeper shape and makes it easier to toss and stir the
ingredients while keeping it all in the pan. It also provides a quicker heating
process. The heating process differs in today’s time than it did in the past.
In the past, forests’ were scarce, so the wood for heating had to be used very
cautiously and wisely. The smaller the pieces the easier and faster they
cooked. Therefore fuel could be saved. Unfortunately, the Wok was not invented
at the time, so everything was prepared ahead of time in order to conserve
fuel, this is something that a lot of the Chinese culture still does, for the
sake on convince and tradition. As I said earlier, the Chinese culture in
retrospect of food, can be broken down in to 5 main food types. The North
emphasizes light and subtle flavors, one of the main dishes in the category is
the Perking duck. Wheat is also widely grown here so instead of rice, noodle
made from wheat flour usually replaces it. The South relies mainly on fresh
ingredients for flavor. This part of China is best known abroad for this is the
region where immigrants came from, bringing the own cooking ways and
traditions. The main dishes include, Char Siu (barbeque pork), Stir-fried beef
and preppers with black bean sauce and lemon chicken. Delicacies include shark
fin soup and birds nest soup, which are only made for special occasions. The
East, is famous for its clear soups, seafood dishes and subtle flavor. Their
cooking style is called Fujian, which is where we get Red cooked chicken and
the popular egg rolls. The west is best known for hot and spicy Sichuan food.
The most popular dishes include; Ma Po Tofu, Kong Po Chicken, and Hot pot,
which is considered a local specialty food in Chongqing. Last but not least is
Central China, which is where we get Hunan Cooking, or spicy zest and also
sweet and sour flavors. Hunan cuisine gives us sweet and sour chicken or pork.
These dishes tend to be oil based whereas most other isn’t.

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The Chinese Culture, look at health care a
little differently than we do in today’s society. Traditionally, their diagnoses
are based on the theory of Yin and Yang along with the five element theory and
Qi (which means virtual energy). Yin and Yang can mean many different things,
but basically it stands for dark and light. For example Yin can relate to the
Chest, blood, heart, lungs and liver whereas Yang relates to the back, head,
and skin. This theory is based solely on balance! If they are not balanced,
that is when you experience symptoms, signally that it’s time to start traditional

The Five Element theory works similarly to
the Yin and Yang theory. The five elements are all parts of Qi or virtual
energy. These parts include fire (heart), earth (stomach), metal (lungs) and
water (kidneys). Qi are channels that flow through the body, within the human
body there is thought to be 20 channels. Each channel reflects a different part
of the body similarly to the other two theories. The overall goal is to correct
any imbalances before starting traditional medicines.

Traditional medicines include Acupuncture, which
is considered the most popular method of treatment. This consist of stimulating
the different parts of the body by sticking needles in the body part(s). This
is a used to relieve pain and illness. Acupressure, is the same principle as
Acupuncture but instead of needles it uses pressure.  Moxibustion, is the burning of herbs. This is
said to strengthen the blood and balance of Qi. Last but not least there is herbal
remedies including; minerals, animal products and herbs. For these traditional
medicines, you must know what is hurting or imbalanced so that it can be fixed

The Chinese culture is subject to many
different illness and diseases, as every culture is. Some diseases that are
more common in this culture include; Hepatitis A, Typhoid fever, Malaria,
Dengue fever, Yellow fever, Japanese Encephalitis, leptospirosis, Lassa fever,
meningococcal meningitis, and rabies. These diseases come from food, water insects,
animals, aerosolized dust and soil contact.

In this article, I talked about only a few
things that makes the Chinese culture so unique compared to other cultures. I
find it amazing how food is such a big part of their culture. It’s one of those
thing we don’t take much consideration into. It’s something that’s always been
there part of our everyday lives. There are many things that we have in common,
but once you start researching, there are many things that are done or thought
about differently than what we would do here in America, such as their medicines
and traditional health practices and beliefs. Learning about different cultures
can help you significantly in the career field, especially as a Nurse. We (I)
must know how to properly communicate and effectively treat my patient so that
they can get better without being disrespected or experience complications.


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