In the article, "For Argument’s Sake: Why Do We Feel Compelled to Fight About Everything? Witten by Deborah Tannen. She express that we live in an argumentative culture, where everyone is entitled to their own freedom of speech and rights. Tannen shows that arguments rarely lead to an understanding, but rather that an argument becomes less about the topic at hand and more about proving the opposing side wrong ( Tannen, Deborah(,2008). She tells her stories in many different form to gather the audience’s attention. She then starts to use big words and different logics to appeal to a more intellectual audience. She then starts her stories by manipulating and persuading the unintelligent audience to pull them in so they would know that she is insulting them by using the bigger words, making them feel intimidated.
There is a common theme of hope throughout the stories of The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Even in the face of immeasurable danger and strife, the mothers and daughters in the book find themselves faithful in the future by looking to the past, which is only helped by the format of Tan’s writing. This is shown specifically in the stories of Suyuan and Jing-Mei Woo, Lena and Ying-Ying St. Clair, and Lindo and Waverly Jong. The vignette structure of The Joy Luck Club allows the stories to build on one another in a way that effortlessly displays both the happy and dark times in each mother’s life, which lets their experiences act as sources of background and guidance to their daughters in times when they need it most.
After reading the article “For Argument’s Sake” by Deborah Tannen, it was clear that she was trying to prove that people now a day will argue just to argue. She uses her own experiences as examples. For example, she was on a talk show with her antagonist, who stated to her “When you get out there, I’m going to attack you. But don’t take it personally.” Even though her antagonist clearly stated he enjoyed her book, he was still going to argue with her over it, therefore arguing just to argue. Another example she uses is when a woman called that talk show. The woman told a story of her walking to an area that was a non-smoking area, where there she found a man smoking. She figured that instead of demanding him to stop smoking, she simply states
The Spirit that Catches you and you fall was written in the year of 1997 by Anne Fadiman. The novel describes how the struggles experienced by an immigrant family who were from, Sinyabull Province in Asia during their time at a medical center in California. Fadiman narrates about a young child named Lia. Lia is the second born in her family and is suffering from epilepsy and causes her to have seizures. The novel exemplifies the cultures differences and clashes that are interfering with her regarding the treatment she is to receive. Fadiman also describes the miscommunications of the necessary medical treatment requirements with Lia's family and their denial of accepting the treatment because of spiritual values and including distrust. Fadiman shows the medical providers lack of sympathy towards Lia's family cultural practices as their daughter’s illness.
When we are in the middle of dying, we think of all the people who make our lives special. The people who make our lives memorable are the people we will think of everyday. Mia is a girl who just lost her mom, dad, and brother from a really bad car accident. Mia is thinking about whether is it worth living anymore because my family is gone. This book, If I Stay, was banned because of the book’s graphic scenes and vulgar language. Gayle Forman has had one other book banned, Just One Day, which was banned in Minnesota on December 2015. If I Stay is banned because of its vulgar language and graphic scenes. Children younger than the age of 14 should not read this book because of the adult images it has in the book. If I Stay shouldn’t be banned
Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright is a must read for any Christian looking to expand their understanding of faith. Surprised by Hope gives us a full understanding of salvation as it is revealed in the Bible. This book also tells us how we should act in our lives and in this world as God’s redeemed people. It reveals incredible insight that is important to us because it explains just how crucial our role in this world is. Wright talks about the way things currently are and how they will be with the resurrection and our salvation. The book expands on the Christian mission and what it means to live with hope and faith and attempts to answer the very famous question: What is heaven?
In less than a few months, Cambodia, once prosperous and vivacious, has transformed into a tumultuous nation filled with suffering and tribulations. The Khmer Rouge’s calamitous actions asunder families; however, because thousands of people are undergoing the same tragedies, many abiding friendships are established. Arn befriends several members of his band, including Siv, Kha, and Mek. Throughout their time at the camp, they are constantly supporting each other, always providing either nourishment or encouragement. Instead of working in the fields during harvest time, Arn and his band are busy muting the sounds of death by playing hymns that praise Angka. After the radio announces the Vietnamese are going to liberate Cambodia, panic and chaos rapidly spread throughout the camp. Many people, both prisoners, and the Khmer Rouge, seize this opportunity to flee. As Arn prepares to abscond, he realizes that despite their atrocious principles, he fears the
As the trucks roll in and the man in uniform with the megaphone announces the war is over, what can anyone do, should they follow the man or just lay down and die. If they follow questionings and interviews decide their fate, if they are rich they die, if they stop walking along side everyone they die, and if they are lucky enough to live they must get used to seeing death all around them. This was Arn’s confusing and misleading start to the genocide that would forever change his life. He was taken from his home and promised freedom, but soon he knew that this was not freedom, but it was imprisonment. Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick is a book about the devastating effects a genocide has on a society and the innocents of a child.
Arn Chorn-Pond is the main character in the book “Never fall down”. At the start of the book we meet Arn as a kind and slick person, but later when he and his family gets forced to follow Khmer Rouge. Under these four years he becomes a man and learn to hide his emotions. From kind, slick and a young boy that doesn’t know much, he becomes an intelligent, kind man with the heart on the right place and a real fighter.
From our text, Race, Class, and Gender, we read Unit III E: The Structure of Social Institutions; The State and Violence: Policing the National Body: Sex, Race, and Criminalization; The Color of Justice; Rape, racism, and the Law; and Interpreting and Experiencing Anti-Queer Violence : Race, Class, and Gender Differences among LGBT Hate Crime Victims. We also encountered and excerpt from Social Work Practice With a Difference; The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman. The first four reading from our text explore the association of the manner in which state power organizes race, class, and gender. We also get a view of how the intersectional approach of race, class, and gender may help us to understand some forms
As the rapid development of science and technology, our world is becoming a global village, people within the village can easily access to the opposite part once they can access the Internet. However, the border between geographic may be weakened while the border between culture still exists. The book Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman tells us a true story of culture shock regarding health care.
Many live under the assumption that those who come to the United States want to become Americanized and assimilate to the melting pot our culture has formed into. This is the populations ethnocentric belief, which is the belief that the ways of one’s culture are superior to the ways of a different culture, that wants others to melt into the western ways. In Ann Faidman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Faidman fails to completely remain objective when demonstrating how cross-cultural misunderstandings create issues in the healthcare field, specifically between the Hmong and western cultures that created dire consequences between the Lee’s and their American doctors. Faidman uses her connections with the Hmong and the doctors who cared for them in order to disclose the different views, beliefs and practices the Hmong and Western cultures practiced. With her attempt to be culturally relative to the situation, Faidman discusses the series of events and reasons as to why the Lee’s faced the fate that they did and how it parallels to the ethnocentrism in the health care system.
While reading “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down,” written by Anne Fadiman, I found how interesting it was to learn about the history of the Hmong people. These groups of people have been through a lot in history, and they fought to keep their culture alive when the Chinese people attacked them for not assimilating to their culture. The Hmong people have different birthing tradition then those of Americans. The Hmong people believed in “Dabs,” which is evil spirits that can steal the baby’s soul. When Lia was taken to MCMC for seizures, we see the conflict that both the doctor and parents had towards communication, which included different diagnosis by the doctors from the diagnosis of the parents. The Hmong people also believe that it is taboo to have surgery or blood
There is no shame in falling; the shame is in accepting the the fall as defeat. Nelson Mandella once said, "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall." That is the essence of persevering--finding the will to get up even though you know you are being counted out.
Fallin. It's not what happens to you that determines where you are in life, but its how you respond to what happens to you. (Smith, 2005, 7)