Chapter 7 began with Dr. Ernst discussing his decision about sending Lia to foster care. He said he did not want to have to send her away, but because of the fact the Lee’s had 9 other children, and Lia was suffering and not receiving the proper treatment he had to call CPS. The Lee family and the rest of the Hmong community are outraged at the doctors. Lia is taken in by another woman in the community and continues to have seizures even though she is given all of her medication. Eventually, the Lee’s are able to reunite with Lia after help from Lia’s foster mom and a new social worker. I thought that this was a significant chapter in the book because it shows how the Lee’s and the Hmong community become more fearful of the doctors and America. Having Lia taken away from her parents shows the community that America is a place where your children can be taken away, and America is a place that you should be fearful of. I think that this chapter shows how cultural division will only grow unless there is communication and understand. The Lee’s didn’t understand the medication or the instructions of the doctors and the doctors could not understand why the Lee’s were not giving Lia her medication. If each group had helped bridge the gap, Lia might not have been put into foster care in the first place.
In chapter 8 the author Annie Fadiman meets the Lee family. Annie becomes very close with the family after experiencing a closed off community at first. Foua enjoys Annie’s company and even dresses her in traditional bridal clothing when her boyfriend visits so he will propose. Foua admits she misses her home and her freedom and how she experiences a feeling of being lost in America. I thought this chapter was interesting because it really focused on the Lee families perspective of America especially Foua’s. I think that her description of her life in America is critical because America has a lot of immigrants that don’t speak English and are seeking a better life. A lot of these people left their lives behind and are forced to adapt to American life. I have never had to live in another country or had to immigrate for a better life, and I cannot imagine having to learn a new language, new customs, and new way of life to survive. I think Foua’s narrative shows how difficult being a refugee and immigrant is.