“The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” Reader’s Guide Directions: Read the captioned book. Then answer the questions contained in this study guide. Post your completed document to the appropriate assignment box on the course website.
1. What do you think of traditional Hmong birth practices (pp. 3-5)? Compare them to the techniques used when Lia was born (p. 7). How do Hmong and American birth practices differ? I think the Hmong traditional give birth practice is very unsafe and dirty. The environment of giving birth is full with bacteria, germs and easily get infection for both mother and new born baby. However I find that the father burry the placenta after give birth is very unique and interesting. When Lisa was born, she was Merced Community Medical Center, where her mom Foua was laying on her back on a steel table and her body covered with sterile drapes with a high wattage lamp trained on her perineum. American birth practices seems more clean and safer to give birth. 2. Over many centuries the Hmong fought against a number of different peoples who claimed sovereignty over their lands; they were also forced to emigrate from China. How do you think these up-heavals have affected their culture? What role has history played in the formation of Hmong culture? I think it's because Hmong never like to take order or obey any other culture but themselves. They will do anything to fight back and escape and become stronger anyone tried to defeat or control them 3. Dr. Dan Murphy said, "The language barrier was the most obvious problem, but not the most important. The biggest problem was the cultural barrier. There is a tremendous difference between dealing with the Hmong and dealing with anyone else. An infinite difference" (p. 91). What does he mean by this? I think what he meant was the Language barrier obviously already a big problem for the Hmong people, but culture barrier problem even make everything more difficult. Just like medical practice,...
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