RR 4 - 23 February 2007 2 How does the metaphor of fish soup provide a tool for navigating how to understand what happened to Lia The fish soup

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23 February 2007 2. How does the metaphor of “fish soup” provide a tool for navigating how to understand what happened to Lia? The fish soup metaphor provides us with a relevant way to discuss the situation facing the Lee family and the multiple factors contributing to this clash of two cultures. The Hmong student describes making fish soup by saying that you have to catch a fish and in order to catch fish you need a hook and this continues until a number of factors were written on the board and forty-five minutes had passed (Fadiman 12). The “piscatory flowchart” the student had made and the Hmong phrase hais cuaj kaum txub, which means “to speak of all things”, accurately portray the situation of the epileptic child because the Lees’ view her disease and her treatment are caused by many factors and all of them need to be taken into account (Fadiman 12-13). The metaphor provides a tool in navigating what happened to Lia because it is a way to describe how the Hmong history of being ruled and controlled by more “powerful” peoples has led to them to
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2011 for the course ANTH 147 taught by Professor Rivkin-fish during the Spring '09 term at UNC.

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RR 4 - 23 February 2007 2 How does the metaphor of fish soup provide a tool for navigating how to understand what happened to Lia The fish soup

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