Critical Book Review: The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down)
The United States is known as the most powerful nation on earth. Most people immigrating to America can significantly improve their standards of living, as well as pursue an education if they wish to do so. Even though the gap between the rich and poor has continued to periodically increase, the average American is seen as rich and very fortunate when compared to the average person living in central Africa or Latin America. Over a million people legally immigrate to the United States every year in search of a better life and opportunity. It is known as the number one nation where a person can freely marry and practice their religious beliefs without the worry of being under attack or suffer scrutiny.
As our founding fathers wrote on the declaration of independence, all men are created equal and are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In our democracy, we as the people are entitled to alter, abolish, or institute a new government if these rights aren’t secured. Even though it seems like the perfect place to live, it is not a worldly opinion. Many nations such as Russia, Palestine, and …show more content…
Born in the United States to Hmong immigrants from Laos (that didn’t speak English), Fadiman describes the Lee’s (along with thousands of other Hmong) experience, interchangeable lack of communication and understanding between them and Americans. Fadiman emphasizes in most of the book Hmong customs, culture, and spiritual practices. She allows readers to form their own unbiased opinion on the Hmong community. Being in the majority and studying a minority helps me as a reader form a more informative opinion about Lia and her family. Without this information she provided my views on Hmong family parenting would have taken another