Cultural Aversion And American Medicine

1447 Words Feb 15th, 2015 6 Pages
Case Study If one was to determine a nadir of culture and medicine Lia Lee could be the hallmark. The case study shares a history of the Hmong to create an understanding of the cultural aversion to American medicine. The study involves a cultural belief that America abandoned the Hmong in war, in immigration and in medical care. The Hmong were an expatriated people from the number of countries they tried to settle. Disease was a scourge on the young generation and the physical strain left the elderly on roadsides to die, effectively decimating much of the Hmong population. The incident of Lia was not the birth of the distrust between the Hmong culture and the US. During the Vietnam War the Hmong were part of a CIA operation that created enmity between them and Laos. The people became the victim of extermination orders and deserted by the US after the treaty was signed and troops withdrawn. This division in cultures held true in the actions of Foua and Nao Kao. The Lee family did not trust the doctors to have in mind the best interest of Lia, nor did they believe the US doctors understood the real cause of Lia’s condition. The seizures considered to be due to a scaring of the spirit out of Lia resulted from the slamming of a door, and to the Hmong meant she was a special child. To American doctors she was another case of seizures, and part of a family with non-compliant parents. The ending of the book was foreseeable yet sad, but intriguing as to what was the greatest factor…
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