Unformatted text preview: in a stagnant cultural barrier that’s hard to overcome; and if this wasn’t enough conflict there’s also a language barrier which makes if very difficult for a doctor to treat a Hmong patient, in this case, Lia Lee. Neil prescribes Lia medication but her parents fail to give her the right dosage at the right times. Because Lia’s parents takes what the doctor says as merely advice, Lia’s problem worsens to the point where Lia is placed in foster care. Six months pass and Lia is finally able to return home, where her parents do give her the medications prescribed, and she gets a lot better and even starts attending school. Unfortunately, she does end up having another bad seizure the day before Thanksgiving and doctors are unable to tame it. I found this week’s reading to be very enthralling. I had no idea of the kind of conflict that could arise between an American doctor and a patient from a very different ethnic background....
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- Spring '08
- Cultural Anthropology, Lia, Hmong people, Hmong customs and culture, lia lee