2. What is Commentary
• A commentary is a comment on a newly published article. A
commentary may be invited by the chief editor or spontaneously
submitted. Commentaries in International Journal of Qualitative
Studies on Health and Well-being are peer reviewed.
3. • The goal of publishing commentaries is to advance the research
field by providing a forum for varying perspectives on a certain
topic under consideration in the journal. The author of a
commentary probably has in-depth knowledge of the topic and is
eager to present a new and/or unique viewpoint on existing
problems, fundamental concepts, or prevalent notions, or wants
to discuss the implications of a newly implemented innovation.
What is Commentary
4. What is Cultural Commentary?
• A broad category for artworks that comment on various
aspects of contemporary culture, often quite critically, as
in works that focus on the misdeeds of political figures,
the imperial actions of governments, or global economic
5. • Have you ever been to the theatre, looked around, and
thought about how predominantly white the audience is?
Does the same impression come to mind when visiting
museums? If it does and the answer is a resounding yes,
then you’re not alone. There is a major problem in
Britain’s cultural industry and it’s time we all took a hard
look at why.
6. In summary, a commentary may be:
• A critical challenge to one or more aspects of the focal article, arguing for a
position other than that taken in the focal article.
• An elaboration or extension of the position taken in the focal article,
basically sympathetic to the position taken in the focal article but pushing the
• An application of a theoretical or methodological perspective that sheds light
on the issues addressed in the focal article.
7. • A reflection on the writer’s experiences in applying the issues
addressed in the focal article, in particular health and well-being
• A comment on the applicability of the issues raised in the focal
article to other settings, or to other cultures.
In summary, a commentary may be:
8. Example of Cultural Commentary
• COMMENTARY: On Filipino Identity
By MICHAEL HENRY LL. YUSINGCO
Filipinos always reflect on national identity in November because on
the 30th of this month we commemorate the birthday of the
quintessential nationalist, Andres Bonifacio.
For Filipinos residing outside of the Philippines, this annual
introspection is especially relevant because many of us constantly
struggle with our sense of identity and feelings of unresolved
9. • Specifically, I would like to see more effort from both the government and
the community in reinforcing our secular tradition in governance. I would
also like our country’s human rights regime strengthened even furthson. We
thus conceive of our civic character with due consideration of the past as
well as the future. We adhere to traditional values but we also aim to thrive in
the modern world. Bamboo was absolutely spot on in their song, Noypi,
about what is at the core of the Filipino’s heart— “Ang dami mong
problema. Nakuha mo pang ngumiti. Noypi ka nga, astig!”
10. • I am Filipino because I believe in the bayanihan spirit, that indigenous belief
system that puts a premium on family and community. I am a Filipino
because I live by the principle espoused by both Christianity and Islam, that I
shall love God above all else and my neighbor as myself. I am a Filipino
because I want to work hard and support my family. I am a Filipino because I
find fulfillment in helping people in need. I am Filipino because I see humor
in all aspects of life, including death.