RR 5 - 01 March 2007 1. On p.187, Jonas Vangay provides the...

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01 March 2007 1. On p.187, Jonas Vangay provides the following description of how many Hmong experienced themselves in America: “In America, we are blind because even though we have eyes, we cannot see. We are deaf because even though we have ears, we cannot hear.” Explain what he meant by this with examples from the text. Then explain how Lia’s doctors might also be described as being “blind” and “deaf” in relation to their Hmong patient’s family. After reading this statement, I imagine that all of the Hmong who were transported over felt the same exact way as Jonas Vangay felt. I feel like this statement sums up many problems that the Hmong were facing in the United States. They could all see what was going on, see how things were supposed to be done by being taught and could see how to be a “good American”, but none of the Hmong could actually understand what all this meant (Fadiman 182). In comparison, the Hmong could hear everyone speaking to them in English and they could hear
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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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