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Hmong vs. Western MEdical - Kyle Johnson IAH 207 April 5th...

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Kyle Johnson IAH 207 April 5th, 2009 Hmong vs . Western Medicine Defined culture is the totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought . Culture is important to all individuals and is in a way a reflection of who we are . Cultures can be classified by numerous categories such as race, religion, hair, location, and wealth . Cultures clash all the time leading one to make a choice on which path to take . Civil wars are frequently fought over culture with massive death counts with some lasting hundreds of years. Globalization has been affecting cultures tremendously by bringing two or more cultures together and in a way shaping it into one big culture . When a young troubled Hmong collides with and American culture who believes Western Medical practices are the best way to help out her health a wide argument is produced . Which practice would be more beneficial for Lia; her culture or her life? Health is a serious factor to life where all precautions need to be taken . In the Book In the book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down , Lia Lee is an immigrant from the hills of Laos and is a member of the Hmong culture . Her parents Foua and Nao Kao strongly support Hmong traditions and medical practices . Lia had numerous seizures leading her parents to take her to a hospital in Merced, California . Lia was diagnosed with severe Epilepsy which is the misfiring of the brains Neurons . Her parents however believed it was a fight of her soul for her body which in the Hmong culture
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is called the spirit catches you and you fall down .
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