Chapters 7 & 8

Chapters 7 and 8 were really helpful in getting a better understanding of the Hmong perspective. After reading our last few chapters, I had a hard time seeing the issues from the Lee families point of view. I was becoming biased towards what I know, Western medicine, and was getting frustrated with the Lee familyContinue reading Chapters 7 & 8

Chapters 5 & 6

These two chapters go into the misunderstandings and frustrations associated with Hmong treatment in a Western hospital. Chapter 5 focuses a lot on the doctor’s frustrations with the Lee family, and how their expertise was rarely ever taken seriously or applied accurately. The doctors seem to be doing everything they can for the family, butContinue reading Chapters 5 & 6

Race: The Power of an Illusion, Episode 3

This episode gave really important insight as to why and how race was socially constructed in America. After the first two episodes talk about how race is not biological, this third episode addresses the socially constructed realities of race. They discuss the subjectivity of whiteness, citizenship, racialized housing and other forms of institutionalized racism afterContinue reading Race: The Power of an Illusion, Episode 3

Chapter 3 & 4

Chapters 3 & 4 discuss how Western medicine and Hmong culture work in opposition to each other. They differ in what they believe is the cause of illness, how to cure illness, and how a healer and patient should interact. Not only do all of these factors contribute to a fundamental misunderstanding between the twoContinue reading Chapter 3 & 4

Chapters 1 & 2

The first two chapters discuss the traditions of the Hmong culture, especially when it comes to child birth. The Hmong people have traditions that are drastically different from Western medicine, due to their location and sociopolitical status. The first chapter gives a brief summary of Foua’s experience with child birth and the way it isContinue reading Chapters 1 & 2