Case Study: Korean Woman with Mastectomy Pain

  • Sangmi KimEmail author
  • Eun-Ok ImEmail author


Jina, a 57-year-old Korean immigrant woman with a high school education, has been a housewife since getting married to her husband who ran a small business until they immigrated to the United States (USA). Jina and her husband immigrated to the USA in 2000 with their two daughters after her husband’s company faced extreme financial difficulties in the middle of the economic crisis that hit South Korea in the late 1990s. There were no families, relatives, or friends living in the USA, but they settled in a suburban neighborhood within a Korean community on the East coast. They have run a dry cleaning business since their arrival in the USA. Their adult daughters currently work in other states after completing their college education. They regularly visit their parents during holidays and for special occasions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of NursingDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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