The collision of two cultures

Since, her higher brain function has ceased and she was left in a state that the western doctors described as dead, however, for the Lees it was the soul that had now left her body with no return.

This is your kid! That evening after I snuggled up in my bed I got to know Lia Lee, her parents, her doctors, and I learned about the struggles that were involved in caring for an ill child that sat between two cultures; the Hmong culture and the culture of American health care professionals.

The Collision of Two Cultures

The twix neeb, a shaman conducts his work on a metaphysical plane. In Hmong language epilepsy is explained in spiritual terms and is, therefore, an expression of their culture that is rooted in the natural and spiritual world.

The life that the refugees found in the United States was strikingly different from their life in the mountains or in the refugee camp in Thailand. They only believe in their traditional approach to medical treatment, with a strong influence from shamanism.

Looking at the book from the perspective of a nurse makes it even more valuable. Give her the correct prescriptions! We were honked at the entire time. Through this experience, she learned the importance of understanding about diversity of culture between doctor, patient, and family.

Involving a cultural broker like Fadiman terms it would have helped to concert the different views of treatment. Fadiman states that cultural brokers are needed to help a situation where the divide between cultures is extensive. The book delivers much food for thought for whom ever is hungry for it, but it is especially useful for medical staff and doctors who dedicate their work to helping others.

Fadiman chronicles migration patterns of Hmong people inside the United States.

The values and beliefs that both sides hold seem to be irreconcilable at the time because the two sides do not know enough about each other to even try to understand that both sides mean well and try their best to help Lea in her struggles to regain her health or control the condition.

Neither of us speak French. The Lees had little doubt what had happened. The Lees, like many Hmong, are animists, with a belief in a world inhabited by spirits.

The doctors treating Lia Lee, Neil and Peggy Ernst, had her removed from her home when she was almost three years of age, and placed into foster care for one year, causing friction with her parents.

Inevitably the day came that Lia suffered a grand mal seizure.The Collision of Two Cultures – Implications of Cultural Values and Beliefs on Caring Concepts Abstract This paper is a personal response to Anne Fadiman’s book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures is a book by Anne Fadiman that chronicles the struggles of a Hmong refugee family from Houaysouy, Sainyabuli Province, Laos, the Lees, and their interactions with the health care system in Merced, California.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures/5. Culture collision plays a role in the world everyday in different situations.

Culture collision is when two different cultures collide. When a person from a different country and culture move they have to adjust to whatever the culture of the place they moved to is.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (FSG Classics) [Anne Fadiman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down explores the clash between a small county hospital in California and a refugee family from Laos /5(K).

Jul 27,  · Culture collision: The spirit catches you and you fall down: a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures.

The collision of two cultures
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