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  • Hmong Culture Vs American Culture

    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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  • The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down, By Anne Fadiman

    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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  • The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down By Anne Fadiman Analysis

    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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  • Summary Of The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down

    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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  • Reflection On St Paul City Council

    Xiong was a Hmong soldier who, along with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency battled in the Secret War against the Communist Pathet Lao movement and North Vietnamese Army in Laos (Melo, 2016). The Hmong community along with the Xiong family proposed the City of Saint Paul to honor Colonel Song Leng Xiong for his services for America and for saving seven U.S pilots, proclaiming November 5th to be the day to honor Colonel Song Leng Xiong. Ward 1 Councilmember who had sponsored the proposal, but…

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  • Differences Between Cultural Relativism And Universal Human Rights

    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 Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down Reflection

    “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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  • Social Work In The Hmong Community

    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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  • Hmong Embroidery History

    To the Hmong community, there is an important piece of cultural artifact and that is the paj ntaub, Hmong embroidery. There are two different types of paj ntaub, the clothing embroidery and the story cloth. The different types has their own meanings, but both can be seen as examples of race, class, and gender differences. The history of the paj ntaub has transformed from cultural traditional practices to commercial goods that continues to establish the class and gender inequalities as the…

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  • The Spirit Catches You And You Fall By Anne Fadiman

    'cultural brokering ' through multiple definition, from describing the role they playing in health care intervention for the advancement of an “effective, beneficial health care plan” or the simply “bridging … between groups or persons of differing cultural backgrounds” (National Health Service Corps, 2004). With relevance to Fadiman 's “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall”, the publicized tragedy has inspired the United States, particularly the Merced, California where the incident took place:…

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