Cultural-itis: Two Cultures, One Illness
A person may ask a friend, “What color is this book?” The friend would say the cover is black, but the first person would argue that it is red. The truth is, they are both right. The color of the book depends upon which side of it is exposed to the person. This situation is comparable to the difference in world views. Depending upon which side one looks at a situation, will determine the actions that a person would take. In the story of Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, the relationship between the family of a sick Hmong child, Lia, and Lia’s doctors, Neil and Peggy Ernst, seems to be harder to remedy than Lia’s illness itself. When looking at Lia’s dad, Nao Koa, and one of the main doctors that Lia is treated by, Neil Ernst, the difference in world views are opposite ends of the spectrum. Although Nao Koa and Neil Ernst want the same thing for Lia, their conflicting world views on the nature of life and the purpose of life are the most challenging component of treating Lia’s rare form of epilepsy.
The nature of life can be described as how someone experiences the world around them. Depending on a person’s beliefs, the nature of life can be composed by questioning the understanding someone has about the mind, body and soul (quote text book). The understanding of the mind, body, and soul between Nao Koa’s perspective and Neil Ernst’s perspective run the gamut. Nao Koa’s nature of life is based primarily off of the Hmong culture.
Nature is of the belief that inherited traits found in our genes make us who we are. From the day we are born, we are subject to society, which play an important role in who we are by way of family, friends, and media. Any situation we are subject to has an impact on us. I remember my parents scrutinizing my older brothers about the friends in which they chose to
Nature, as stated in the slides of January 23rd, is a biophysical entity, meaning that it comprises biotic and abiotic natural substances within the environment. Nature is something which is often thought of as an objective element which is separate from our society. Culture, in opposition, also stated in the slides of January 23rd, is something that is a human made creation. It is a subjective, social entity. In the slides of January 16th, culture is also defined as a learned way of thinking, feeling, and believing. It is something that has been handed down by older generations and is continually remade.
The book titled The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: Talks about a Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures written by Anne Fadiman. Anne Fadiman is an American essayist and reporter, who interests include literary journalism. She is a champion of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Salon Book Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest. In the book, Anne Fadiman explores the clash between a county hospital in California and a refugee family from Laos over the health care of Lia Lee. Lia Lee is a Hmong child diagnosed with severe epilepsy, whose parents and the doctors wanted the best treatment for her, but the lack of communication cause a tragedy. The essay paper will state and explain what went wrong between Lia’s family and the doctors. The central point is a lack of understanding between them leads to Lia’s tragedy.
An individual living in a foreign country has a big challenge to face, particularly the new rules and laws that they must follow to be considered a good neighbor. The book of Anne Fadiman: The spirit catches you and you fall down is about the struggles of the Hmong family from Laos who had a child (Lia) that suffered from intractable epilepsy. Her parents have a difficult time adjusting to the American society particularly the language barriers, cultural impediments and the US health care physicians. As a result, multiple medical mistakes, uncertain decision making and ultimately caused harm to Lia. Should physicians be more compassionate and take the time to understand their patients coming from a different culture? Should cross communication be taught to the doctors to improve the dissemination of information? These are some of the questions that I will attempt to explain as well as answer in this midterm assignment.
Nature is what we think and it is influenced by genetic inheritance and other biological factors. In the nature versus nature debate nature refers to an individual’s innate qualities. An example of nature is that nature is your genes. The physical and personal traits determined by your genes stay the same no matter where an individual was born or raised. Factors of nature are biological and family factors. In nature physical traits may be a result of environmental factors for
Nature refers to our genes and things we inherit from our blood relatives genes. This could be anything from our eye color, weight, height, or weather we are shy. Nature is our genes which is personal characteristics and what we look
The collision of cultures is seen through out the story of Lia and her family. Starting in the beginning of Lia’s story the same piece of information was being interpreted by two different cultures in different ways. The Merced Hospital Staff believed Lia suffered from Epilepsy. They believed it translated into Qaug dab peg. What was misunderstood is that quag dab peg were not really perceived as the same thing in Hmong culture as Epilepsy is in western medicine,
Our senses as humans are limited, we can only grasp knowledge of the physical world, but through intuition deeper truths can be understood. Nature is “the colors of humanity's spirit.” Nature illuminates the structure of human beings allowing God and humanity to
In the text (page 394) a third place is where people for to publicly gather for conversation or camaraderie when not at home or work. Commonly these places will support a variety of lifestyle enclaves (page 394) or groups of like-minded people who share similar interest. These people also can form their own Idioculture (page 395) by taking part in the common customs and practices of those who gather. It is also possible for a civil society (page 395) to form to promote social bonds and the smooth function of society outside of government. An example of this would be participated in a church group whose purpose is fellowship, and providing aid to their fellow man. These people would also be demonstrating communitarianism (page394) because
Nature in life teaches the understanding, is a practicing for the intellect in learning how to deal with life’s problems. From Emerson’s transcendental (a word I had to learn its meaning in order to understand Waldo’s theory) view the natural figures are also symbols of spirituals facts or philosophy. That by interacting with nature people learn not only what is practical but also what is good; for Emerson the nature and the soul are perfectly complementary.
To hear tragic stories from my family members only encouraged me to become a healer in this world. I do not want to make the same mistake as the doctors involved with my family. To be an impotent apparition in every one of the aforementioned situations caused the greatest collision in my life. I observed them cry hysterically as their loved ones slowly faded away, yet I was incapable of making a change. I was young, but I felt the urge to do more.
Nature is more of a genetic inheritance or information encoded in people’s genes, which they carry throughout their life. Several things in an individual are genetically inherited. This can include: eye color, risks for certain diseases, height, and even talents. The concept of nature, therefore,
Small IT organizations are usually neglected in the software industry because most of them do not adopt the internationally accepted software process practices. Adopting these practices can help them be more competitive in the global market. The most outstanding problem in the small IT organization is their environment and how to manage it, especially how it supports successful performance. This article focuses on a small software organization called Link and their experiences as well as their successful implementation of the Capability Maturity Model for Software (SW-CMM) Level 2. The article further elaborates on Link 's organizational environment, initiative implemented, and highlights relevant factors that affected the initiative. Eventually, Link 's small size aided the SW-CMM 's adoption because a there was a strong relationship between Link’s organizational environment and the SPI initiative 's success factors.
Wendell Pierce, an award winning American actor once said, “culture is the intersection of the people and life itself. It’s how we deal with life, love, death, birth, disappointment… all of that is expressed in culture.” In the novel, Interpreters of Maladies, written by Jhumpa Lahiri, characters are faced with difficult cultural changes that affect their life dramatically. The changes in their life alter who they are, and are more of a challenge than anything they’d been previously exposed to. Although some may believe one with inner strength and perseverance can overcome any adaptation, Lahiri demonstrates various uses various symbols to prove that culture can affect the ability of an individual to adapt to unknown circumstances.
Culture • Culture – a community’s set of shared assumptions about how the world works and what ideals are worth striving for. • Culture can greatly affect a country’s laws. • Culture influences what people value, so it affects people’s economic systems and efforts to invest in education. • Culture often determines the effectiveness of various HRM practices. Culture • Cultural characteristics influence the ways members of an organization behave toward one another as well as their attitudes toward various HRM practices.