Spirituality and Religious Beliefs among South-East Asians

  • P. Philip Tan Department of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach


The author of this narrative is an immigrant from Singapore, but it is here in the United States that he became acquainted face to face with Cambodians: fellow South-East Asians. The author first describes his interactions with his new Cambodian peers, and later describes how religious beliefs and spirituality are used by the elderly Cambodians he met to enhance their mental health—beliefs which reminded him of the worldview espoused by his cousins in Singapore, where spirituality and religious faith is central.

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