Also, because they are believed to be the chosen ones by spiritual calling, the Hmong are less likely to question or blame them. On the other hand, given their long years of education, residency, and training, western medicine doctors are expected to successfully treat most of their patients. Because of this expectation, if something were to go wrong, it often results in the blame of the doctor, personal attacks, or even legal action. The typical biological causes of health problems, according to western medicine, make illnesses seem more controllable, in comparison to the abstract spiritual causes of the Hmong. This is what gives rise to the difference in patient reaction to failed medical
Because of the cultural traditions, aside from her treatment at Merced Community Medical Center, they utilized traditional healing methods. This was because her parents and the Hmong culture believed that they needed to call her soul back. Through the Lee’s story, Fadiman highlights the dangers of a lack of cross-cultural communication in the medical
They use it to pass down stories, which is an important part of their culture. For the Hmong in The Latehomecomer, language has both positive and negative effects on the Hmong people. Through Yang’s story, readers can see that verbal stories play a crucial role in the Hmong culture. The Hmong have a high value for stories and storytelling. Yang shows this when she says, “Like so many other children, in other parts of the world, in a time of nothing, we heard stories of what was before.
Over the progression of the book the view points and relationships between the Lees and the doctors develops slightly. The medical staff was not prepared with a translator or a cultural understanding of the Hmong and how their beliefs would not match up with their medical practices. “Not only do the Hmong fail resoundingly to improve the payer mix- more than eighty percent are on Medi-Cal- but they have proved even more costly than other indigent patients, because they generally require more time and attention, and because there are so many of them that MCMC has to hire bilingual staff members to mediate between patients and providers” (Fadiman 25). This theme in the story was immensely eye opening for all of the cultural gaps that exist throughout the United States. The solution to this problem is for both sides standing on opposite sides of the gap to take the time to bridge the gap together.
Despite enduring hardship during the Khmer Rouge, It is persistence that ultimately ends up playing a vital role that helps the characters survive. One example from the novel comes from Hong when she and Amah are reunited with the rest of the Ung family. Hong tells them about her own Khmer Rouge experience. Chou narrates Hong’s story and says, “ Hong tells them about how she saw a young boy beaten to death with sticks because the soldiers said he was lazy. Hongs words come out in spits and anger when she reports that the boy was slow with his work because he was sick and starving… After that Hong became the best worker in her unit even though she was many years younger than the others.”(pg55) When Chou was describing Hong’s experience she described Hong’s language as if it were like spitting to show just how upsetting and angry it made her just to talk about what she witnessed.
Cultural shock is unavoidable for almost newcomer refugee people. 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
Its influence derives from characters who depend on materialistic values to display prosperity, maintain power and stay healthy. Huong uses the characters’ meals to emphasize the conditions in which different echelons of society are forced to live and to portray the contrast in the character 's’ life styles. The authors first use of this representation is directed towards families who are at the bottom of the hierarchy and the characters financial struggles are illustrated through the quality of their food. For instance, when Chinh becomes ill with diabetes, Que makes great sacrifices in order to provide him with food and medicine throughout his illness. Huong’s oddly detailed description about their rapidly declining food supply provides insight into the harsh living conditions.
Fae Myenne Ng was a first generation Chinese-American. Being in a family that immigrated to the United States after it was finally allowed, influenced her writing. Fae’s writing brought light to the Chinese-American culture and the struggles they must face in a country founded upon freedom. Primarily, Fae’s biographical background greatly influenced her writing; she moved to the United States at a very young age. The adjustment for this alternate environment considerably changed her views on life (Michaelson).
It does not just cure a particular disease, but also focuses on the physical and mental wholeness in order to improve a person’s health overall. One of the most important concepts in Chinese medicine is the harmony of Yin and Yang which is essential to health. Yin and Yang represents two opposing, but complementary aspects in medicine and in other fields. For example in body structure, the upper body is yang and the lower body yin. Describing the internal organs, yin is connected to five organs: heart, liver, kidneys and lungs, while yang is connected to stomach, intestine, colon, gall bladder and urinary bladder.
III Dialogue is better than monologue. A plurality of narratives When it comes to the physician-patient relation, the dialogue occurs among non-intimate interlocutors. An ad hoc narrative ensues then. Details are chosen on the ground of what is deemed relevant for the sake of the encounter. Sometimes, “a focus on the patient’s autobiography silences all other members in her family” and this can be as spontaneous as dangerous.