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    Catches You and You Fall Down explores the relationship between the Hmong culture and the American culture; in particular the differences in medicine. Medicine has been a difficult subject to understand and master; moreover it becomes almost impossible if the person was raised in an entirely different culture than that of western medicine. This book discusses what it was like from both sides; the Hmong and those of the western doctors what it is like to deal with each other when it involves a common interest. That common interest being Lia Lee, an epileptic Hmong child. Both of the parties cared for Lia Lee; however their cultural differences were enough to distract from the real goal. The Lee's were first conflicted towards Lia's…

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    Hmong Nationalism Essay

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    becomes a constant reminder of a homeland for many first generation Hmong Americans who came here as refugees. The prevalence of these serene images of nature in turn become a reminder of what it means to be Hmong; being able to live the way a person wishes without fear of prosecution or obstruction. In a way, these mountains and jungles have become a symbolic refuge for the Hmong where they could live in peace. Although home videos are not meant to be watch as regularly as videos produced by…

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    Culture Food Film Discussion I watched a movie called Gran Torino. I was fascinated by the drastic difference between the Hmong culture and the standard white American culture. When Walt’s (played by Clint Eastwood) wife dies, he is left all alone with just his dog. His sons suggest him to move to an old age home, but he denies because he knows that his sons are eyeing his property. On the other hand, the Hmong family next door has their grandmother at their home at all times, and she is the…

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    are left confused and with a sense of powerlessness when working with American doctors. It becomes very hard to communicate not only because of a distinct language barrier, but also a cultural barrier. Many cultures approach situations in different ways, especially in regard to medical care. The book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman, is a story about a Hmong family who seeks treatment in the United States for their daughter Lia. The Lees family adapts to the…

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    capsule of the experiences faced by the Hmong peoples during their migration to America. However amusing the novel was from a literary standpoint, the novel described many deeply discerning attributes of the American health care system and Social Work arena of that time period. Although this novel describes the journey of one peoples immigration to America this story really speaks to the experiences of many migrate populations to the United States. As a social worker I felt uncomfortable anytime…

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    and "the conflict [becomes] confined to differences in belief systems" (Fadiman, A). One example that comes to mind in the recent decades is the confrontation between the Lee family and a public hospital in Merced, California, where Hmong child Lia Lee was diagnosed with epilepsy and then became collateral damage in a cultural clash between Hmong holistic/spiritual medicine and Western medicine. Within the span of a few years, the Lee family were offered little to no support…

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    the cultural differences between Hmong and American cultures regarding medical professional problems for Hmong child 's name Lia with epilepsy. Hmong people have their own ways to treat by tvix neeb. They believe that people get sick due to ‘deb’, which means bad soul and the soul was flee. Starting with Lia’s birth, she was different than her other spelling. She was born in California state in Merced Community Medical Center (MCMC). Her mother used to give birth to the traditional method in…

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    “The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down” is a story about a girl named Lia Lee who was diagnosed with epilepsy at a young age. There are multiple struggles in this book with cultural divide between the Hmong and the American medical systems. Lia and her parents, Foua Yang and Nao Kao Lee, were refugees that had immigrated to the United States. Foua and Nao were very religious, and lived by the Hmong culture. Shortly after moving to California they had learned that Lia had epilepsy, and other…

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    Health Belief Model Essay

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    Moreover, the health belief model also worked in a study that was taken in the United States specifically in the population of the Hmong Families. The Hmong people are from that Mountains of Laos, but after the Vietnam war many of them came to the United States. (Estimated that around 200,000 Hmongs in America). Since moving to the United States, Hmong members are not used to the culture and making healthy choices. Many are overweight, obese, and having sleeping disorders. The health belief…

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    themselves as Asian and/or Pacific Islander heritage (as cited by U.S Census, 2010). Of those 17.3 million many of the Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao, and Hmong Americans reside in California (as cited by U.S. Census, 2010). Social workers must be culturally competent to service the needs of all clients in the Hmong community. Through the use of multicultural counseling, social workers will be able to build rapport with clients and their families. After the rapport is established, social workers…

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