In chapter 9, Lia’s family sacrifices a cow to “bolster her health.” Americans often criticize the Hmong people for animal sacrifices, looking down on it as barbaric behavior. This attitude shows the Americans’ ignorance and bigotry because meat production in America is far more barbaric than an animal sacrifice. In the Hmong tradition, the animalsContinue reading Animal sacrifice
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
In Chapters 9 and 10 of the book, the Lees finally see the return of Lia to their family and, of course, they are overjoyed. They have a cow sacrificing ceremony for Lia in celebration of her homecoming, and to bolster her health.The Lees (and their Hmong culture) are often looked down upon for theirContinue reading What’s The Point in Judgment?
So chapters 9 and 10 begin Lia being back to her original family. Lia’s family was beyond ecstatic to have their daughter back and in order to properly celebrate they celebrated in one of their traditions. They sacrificed a cow in order to properly celebrate Lia’s health and make sure that she felt at homeContinue reading Chapters 9 and 10
I loved the commentary at the beginning of chapter 9 about the slaughtering of animals in Hmong culture. It is absolutely true that though Americans consume meat on a daily basis, many are repulsed by the slaughtering of animals. Since becoming a vegetarian the summer before my junior year, I have become hyper-aware of theContinue reading All About Respect
The main thing that happened in Chapter 9 was Lia’s permanent return to her family, the Lees. Lia has acquired some developmental disabilities due to the impact her seizures and her condition has had on her body and more specifically her brain. The first thing that the Lees recognized was the difference in Lia’s cognitiveContinue reading Fadiman: Chapters 9 & 10
As a vegetarian, I found the beginning of chapter 9 to be funny, because it was about Americans being appalled at the Hmong sacrifice of animals, meanwhile their method of sacrifice is more quick and humane than what happens in American meat factories – it goes to show that Americans have a lot to learnContinue reading Chapters 9 & 10
Chapter 9 looks at Lia’s transition back into home after being released from foster care. The beginning of the chapter goes over the importance of animal sacrifices with the Hmong tradition. It explains the lengths the Lee’s will go to help Lia, including driving from California to Minnesota. This chapter gives more detail to theContinue reading Chapter 9 and 10 Reflection
Cultural relativity continues to be a theme in this book, and in Chapter 9 Fadiman explains how Lia’s doctors believed that the Hmong cared less than Americans about whether or not their children got better, because they were interpreting the Hmong’s actions from their own world view. Unfortunately, we see in this chapter that westernContinue reading Through which lens should we view the world?
Lia’s health for the first time remained relatively stable for the first time in her life. Her health was attributed to the txiv neeb her family took her to see and Jeanine’s immense work to help the Lees (she even got them to properly administer Lia’s medicine). Jeanine’s background and occupation allowed her to beContinue reading Chapters 9 and 10 Reflection