Ethnocentrism In American Society

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Ethnocentrism is the attitude of considering one’s own culture as superior and as the right one, and looking down on other cultures. Ethnocentrism leads to valuing certain beliefs and behaviors that people share in a community and ethnocentric people believe that their way of living and behavior is the natural and normal way. Hmong people migrated to the United States from Laos to escape the ongoing war, and their culture and beliefs collided with American cultural in several ways. Hmong’s and American’s beliefs differ about medicine, authority and raising children. The Hmong have struggled throughout history to preserve their unique culture fighting especially against Chinese dominance. And the primary reason for their migration to the United …show more content…
They seem to take Lia’s free health for granted and they never expressed any word of gratitude. The Lee family should have made some effort to learn what the American society values are because they could have pleased the doctors just by using the word thank you. It was difficult for Neil and Peggy to work with parents who never said a thank you word to them. Lia’s parents paid nothing for her medicine, and Neil and Peggy served for free because they loved Lia and they wanted her to recover. Also, it was the Medi-Care, State Insurance Program that provided free health for Lia. The hospital in Merced has spent $250,000 on Lia’s medical care. If Neil and Peggy charged the Lee family for their service and the medications, Lia’ parents would not be able to afford even half of the cost. The Lee Family’s relationship would have been friendlier and easier with the doctors at Merced if the Lees showed appreciation to the …show more content…
Doctors mostly made absolute decisions about what should be done regarding Lia’s health not knowing that according to Hmong’s cultural the head of the clan and the parents are the decision makers not the doctors. For instance, when Lia was placed in foster care without her parent’s consent, the Lees felt resentment toward American doctors and also they felt inferior and helpless. They could not do anything about it because the court officially approved Lia’s foster care. Although the doctors thought Lia will be treated better at the foster care and her health will improve, Lia still continued to have seizures. I think that Lia’s health even got worse at the foster care because she was not receiving her parents affections. For instance, According to Jeanine Hilt (1997) Lia had cried four day continuously which suggests that Lia needed her parent’s emotional care. Doctor’s lack knowledge about Hmong’s child care system caused Lia and her parents to suffer from

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