In The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman uses careful comparisons and contrasts to appeal to the emotions of readers. Throughout the novel, Fadiman explores different scenarios that are encountered by the Hmong that would make anyone feel frightened. Through these scenarios, we discover what the Hmong have had to endure in order to make a small amount of progress. Some of the individuals in the novel we encounter, including Dr. Robert Small, see the Hmong as “ignorant” and “almost a Stone Age people”. However, some individuals such as the social worker to Lia Lee, Jeanine Hilt, and the author of the novel understand why the Hmong reacted the way they did to the doctors. Many of the Hmong felt their culture slipping from the
In the book” The Spirit Catch and You Will Fall” by Anne Fadiman described how Hmong and Western cultures has clashed over a post-natal care of the child and childbirth which caused a lot of stress and anxiety for Nao Kao family and the medical staffs at the Merced Community Medical Center. In Hmong culture, woman conceives, carries and
Although none may have wanted to flee from their home country, they did so under necessity, and were able to find a home in a completely foreign country to them. The differences in culture between the Hmong and Western cultures were distinct, but the Hmong were still able to practice their own traditions and aid each other in their time of need, such as when Paja needed the communal help. They overcame struggles together, and in the end, were able to keep their culture, though the Hmong children are also embracing the
The mother has complete control over her body and the position in which she chooses to give birth. There are no drugs used in a home birthing and the mother can feel every ounce of pain. Not only are they letting their bodies handle the process naturally, but they are also able to form an unbreakable bond with their baby. This can also be seen as a revolt against the modern technologies and views on women. In the hospitals, mothers do not produce oxytocin at the right times or right levels, and their babies do not get this hormone when feeding on breast milk.
To begin with, the first major theory is Structural functionalism. This theory was explained by biologist Herbert Spencer, who compared structural functionalism to the human body as a network of various systems that are intertwined in order to maintain and regulate the wellbeing of society. This theory could be applied to the Hmong culture on a midlevel of analysis because believe in a system that ensures their wellbeing. This system is evident in Fadiman’s novel when doctor describe the frustration of waiting for their Hmong patient to receive authorization for certain decisions from the proper channel of authority; such as the elder man in the family
In a healthcare setting you will see different cultures that will come and go. It is very important to know how to deal with each culture so that you can help them while still making sure they are comfortable. Native Americans have many different characteristics because of the different tribes from all over the world. Healthcare providers should be familiar with them so they know how to distinguish them if needed. While knowing their characteristics they should also know how to interact with Native Americans as well since their culture is a lot different than ours, we want to make sure that we don’t disrespect them.
Even though the Maasai culture's belief of rite of passage may seem uncivilized, they may be viewed as very similar to American beliefs concerning the rites of passage, which Naomi Wolf explains in her short story “Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle Towards Womanhood.” In both The Maasai and American culture's, children must go through rites of passage in order to learn family and sexual responsibility.
born 19 year old Hmong would experience many cultural shock if they’re parents were to leave and return to the mountains of Laos. One cultural shock would be language they will lose the experience of their cultural language. They must adapt to the english language because that is what’s used for communication in the United States at school, worksites, and anywhere your travel. Also, another cultural shock would be accustomed to the food here they will be use to the food here rather than their original culture
However, I personally think it is wrong to convert to Christianity just to run away from what you are and I believe most Hmong family do so just for that reason. The culture is so rich and beautiful that it hurts to see a Hmong child not being able to speak Hmong. You identify yourself as Hmong; you are Hmong-American, but you can’t speak the language. I am ashamed that the parents of the child didn’t teach their children the language.
They come from rural areas, have few job skills, and speak little English (Everyculture.com/Cambodian-Americans/Acculturation and Assimilation). Younger Cambodians struggle with identity problems and there is often a division between the younger and older generations (Everyculture.com/Cambodian-Americans/AcculturationandAssimilation). A good number of Cambodian American families are headed by female which is a contributor to their poverty (Everyculture.com/Cambodian-Americans/Family and Community Dynamics). It is hard to say which group had the most difficult time overcoming obstacles. Many of them had just wanted to better the lives of their families and thought they could do so in America.
I personally just think the times have changed. We are accustomed to sterility, to cleanliness, to all these wonderful things but don’t realize that people back then lived just as healthy if not healthier then now. It is normal, to give birth like that, and I will not deny that it is much safer and that some cases would not be
During the Vietnam War, another war broke out known as the Laotian Civil War. An organization and communist political movement called “Pathet Lao” from North Vietnam was trying to overthrow the Royal Lao Government. While this was happening the CIA recruited the Hmong led by general Vang Pao, (who were an ancient hill-tribe from the mountains of Laos) as a secret alliance, to help aid the Royal Lao Government. (Batson, 1991, “Birth of Pathet Lao” Para. 16) The United States and Hmongs involvement in this are now what is known as the Secret War, for it was kept a secret by the United States government. Eventually, the Royal Lao Government was taken over by Pathet Lao. The Secret War ended the same war as the Vietnamese War in 1975 but the continuation
Yingci Chen English 0812 Tim Fitts 12 April 2016 A Hidden Vietnamese Community In South Philadelphia is where one of the largest Vietnamese community located. The community has a large population of Vietnamese restaurants, stores and markets. The heart of the Vietnamese community lies on the Sixth and Washington Ave, also known as the Little Saigon built by Vietnamese’s and spreads over Washington Ave. This Little Saigon was a place where Vietnamese unite and started during the Vietnam War.
Even though the medical community thought the Lees were doing everything to worsen Lia’s condition by stopping all medication, the reasoning behind their actions shows otherwise. During Lia’s critical condition the Lees had decided to go ahead with withdrawing her medications even after being informed of the possible dangers of doing so, “Nao Kao demanded that Lia’s subclavian line to be removed, and all her medications discontinued. Parents understand that the antibiotics are fighting a severe infection and that without medication Lia may get her infection back and die sooner. They understand that once we remove IV, a new line will NOT be replaced” (175). Although it sounds bad to want to put an end to the medication Lia was receiving, the Lees seemed to think that Lia was so sick she might die, and wanted to stop treatment because they thought the medicine is what was killing her.