Adding the inability to speck the same language and then the complexity of describing medical conditions, I can see how the situation could turn out poorly and cause troubling effects. This chapter has helped me better understand why the Hmon... ... middle of paper ... ...iguing and gruesome at the same time. My entire life I have been blessed with the ability to invasion the scenes of a book and be able to have a mental picture of the events. While reading this passage, I had a difficult time because I could visualize the gory depictions described. While I respect the rights to practice ones own beliefs, I find it hard to comprehend being able to witness the animal sacrifice.
What would it be like to come to a country and not understand anything about its health care system? To many this would be a very daunting task. Unfortunately, this is the scenario that the Lee family has to deal with in the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. The Lee family, and the other thousands of Hmong immigrants, try to understand and navigate the complex and sometimes confusing health care system of the United States. As the book points out, the values and ideals of the Hmong culture and the United States health care system are not always the same and sometimes come into great conflict with each other.
Although mental health care awareness has come a long way, individuals are still often labeled and judged based on a particular diagnosis that they may have and they are often viewed as individuals that are somehow broken. Because of the stigma that goes with mental illness, people are often hesitant and reluctant to talk about for fear of ridicule or other actions being taken upon them. It is the stigma of mental illness that Simon seeks to out change that makes this memoir such a good read. In the memoir, there is a passage where a guy a writes cruel and vindictive letter about a poster that states that mental illness is being helped because the stigma is dying out. The man believes that people who suffer from mental illness are a danger
It stated, “She was one of those women who were born to be a mother, and she loved us unconditionally; in many ways, we were her life.” This quotation is true not just for the Sparks family, but for most or all families because there are many families who grow up without a father and their mother is the only parent who is loving and caring. Of course with advantages comes with challenges o... ... middle of paper ... ...relative by blood or marriage. It means the people who accept you no matter who you are without no animosity and judgment. The love of a family should be unconditional, and everyone should try their best to provide all they can for the people in their family, emotionally and financially. Family are the people that everyone deserves to feel secure, and comfortable with, even if they aren't lucky enough to have that.
What most Americans do not realize is that there is more to a pe... ... middle of paper ... ...nd western medicine to help solve these problems. One great way is to allow or even encourage the Hmong to use their shaman along with modern medicine. Another would be to try to understand their issues with specific procedures and try to get someone who knows the language and the culture to explain the procedure and the necessity of it. These might not always work and there might be times when it is necessary to take a child away from their parents for a medical reason but there should be mutual efforts to understand the situation from all perspectives involved. The book about Lia is a great example of how modern medicine does not always know how to fix the problem.
When cultures clash; people use argument to say or show that their culture is better. That clashing moment is when violence and social degradation can come into the lives of people belonging to these different cultures. Cultures should never been associated with hate, including argument, instead they should be accepted and appreciated. Deborah Tannen’s “The Triumph of the Yell” provides a basis for the assertion that arguments should not occur within the discussions of culture, assimilation, and the pursuit of happiness. One supreme culture has yet to exist because a supreme culture will never exist.
This essay will be evaluating the question: how did language and communication play a role in shaping what happened to Lia? Also, it will look at if Fadiman points out ways in which communication practices between doctors and patients could be improved. These were important in the book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, because they shaped what would happen to Lia in the end. The evidence we will look at will include the facts that the doctors and the Lees couldn’t understand each other, the hospitals didn’t have enough interpreters for everyone, and that the Lees did not trust hospitals or doctors in the first place because of their culture. Anthropological studies on language and communication would be directly related to Lia’s case for a few reasons: Lia and her family were Hmong, her parents could not read or write, they didn’t give her enough medication.
Both Sethe and Denver created an amazingly strong bond between each other. In Sethe’s whole life, she only saw people getting away from her, her husband Halle, her mother-in-law Baby Suggs, and her two sons Howard and Buglar. However, Denver was the only person who was staying with her all the time. The care shown by Denver for her mother is incredible. She is one of those daughters who would sacrifice anything for her mother.
Yes, I would recommend this book for use in this course in the future. I would even try to have this book become apart of the curriculum of other Public Health and Social Sciences courses as well. I think this book does a great job of depicting not only a Maternal and Child Health issue in an artistic and intriguing manner, but I feel it involves multiculturalism issues that are a great underlying problem within society today. The respect for newer immigrant’s cultures has been lost in time and I feel this book helps us return to our “melting pot” routes. This book opened my eyes to issues I didn’t even know existed and can help many learn to accept different cultures in a manner that is beneficial to both sides not only within the medical Maternal and Child Health field.
The article is connected to mastering uncertainty because in the article it talks about the many mistakes they have made and how you have to learn how to deal with it. “When people are confronted with uncertainty-the situation of every doctor attempting to diagnose a patient-they are susceptible to unconscious emotions and personal biases, and are more likely to make cognitive errors” (Groopman). This description from the article connects emotions with mistakes. This connects the values of emotional detachment and mastering uncertainty. Mastering uncertainty is very important because you have to notice that you will make mistakes.