Becoming an American – Raeanna Randolph

The documentary Unnatural Causes: Becoming an American describes the toll that attempting to become an American citizen takes on immigrants in the United States. In the documentary, Dr. Steve Larson addresses the common stereotype that immigrants, specifically Mexican immigrants, are lazy, always late to doctors appointments, and carry communicable diseases. Dr. Larson suggests that in his experienceContinue reading Becoming an American – Raeanna Randolph

Chapters 9 and 10 Reflection – Raeanna Randolph

At the beginning of chapter 9, the author provides another example of how misunderstandings between the Hmong refugees and the Americans with whom they interact have negative consequences for the Hmong. Specifically, Fadiman describes how the Hmong people sacrifice pigs and cows during rituals of neeb ceremonies, and consume 98% of the animal and blessContinue reading Chapters 9 and 10 Reflection – Raeanna Randolph

Unnatural Causes: Place Matters Reflection

This documentary described how “place matters” because it determines which kind of physical and environmental factors that one is exposed to and may affect health. For example, the quality of housing and the neighborhood itself have big effects on health because of access to sidewalks that promote social interaction, playgrounds that promote physical activity, and lowContinue reading Unnatural Causes: Place Matters Reflection