The Hmong, The Lees' Experience, And The Conflict Of Cultures

652 words - 3 pages

The Hmong are a group of people who originally lived in the mountains overlooking Laos, China, Vietnam, and Thailand-- though most have since emigrated to other countries and areas due to political conflict. They have valued self-sufficiency and resisted authority throughout history, as they have constantly been the minority and often seen as the Other and persecuted for being such. Still, many have managed to survive and preserve much of their culture, such as religious beliefs and shamanic healing practices.
During what is called The Secret War (1953-75), thousands of Hmong fought in the Royal Lao Army led by General Vang Pao against the communist Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese military, on behalf of the U.S. and France, who promised to let them come to the U.S. and receive veterans’ benefits if defeated. France and the U.S. broke their promise, and thousands of Hmong survivors and veterans were forced to evacuate their country by foot in the most agonizing and dehumanizing of conditions, many dying along the way. Many of them, despite all odds, managed to make it to refugee camps where conditions were also miserable. Finally, when the Hmong were forced to resettle, many were brought to the U.S., but not after some delays and without ever receiving veterans’ benefits. They were placed in certain cities in the U.S., including Merced.
The Lee family escaped Laos during the war, frequently witnessing and experiencing horrifying tragedies along the way. They were moved to several different cities before being placed in the town of Merced-- the population of which is about twenty percent Hmong when the book is published-- where they live with Lia, their child, who has epilepsy. The Lees do not see the epilepsy as a brain disease but instead as the result of a dab, a malevolent spirit, catching Lia and making her fall down. They took her to the Merced County Medical Center (MCMC) hospital where she was prescribed medication that they do not...

Find Another Essay On The Hmong, the Lees' Experience, and the Conflict of Cultures

Comparison of the American and Chinese Cultures

1890 words - 8 pages Comparison of the American and Chinese Cultures Cultural differences are apparent from one group of people to another. Culture is based on many things that are passed on from one generation to the next. Most of the time people take for granted their language, beliefs, and values. When it comes the cultural differences of people there is no right or wrong. People should be aware of others culture and respect the differences that are between

The Traditions of Western and Chinese Cultures

2073 words - 8 pages , the inner general tensile stress of contracts causes losses and breaks of action standards and values, but it has features of reconstruction, regeneration and creation. The entirety theory is contrary. Its breaks and losses cause a whole collapse, but as it is frar from the balance condition, it has a tendency of super-stability structures through the inner adjustment. The two traditions of western and Chinese cultures formed in the axis period

Cultures of the New World

2166 words - 9 pages discovered in America, (Le, 2007).Living conditions following settlement of New WorldThe Qing dynasty had taken rule at this point and ruled by fear. The country was having internal conflict as well as conflict with the Mongols. (Leeming, 381). The discovery of gold, in 1848, drew a significant number of Chinese immigrants in search of job opportunity. They worked in gold mines, the lumber industry, and the railroads. Many died building railroads

Link Of Materialism And Spiritualism In The Cultures Of Antiquity

1134 words - 5 pages As long as man has inhabited earth he has strived to express himself for any number of reasons. Yet over thousands of years the enduring theme of these expressions has been the desire to explain our own existence. This is especially evident when considering the early Egyptian and Sumerian societies. Beginning with cave paintings in France around 15,000 BC and leading up to the grandeur of the great pyramids the cultures of antiquity demonstrate

The Power of Karma in Buddhist and Hindu Cultures

691 words - 3 pages term Brahman refers to the experience of the sacred within nature and the external universe, while Atman refers to the experience of the sacred within oneself.”(Molloy 84) “When insight and kindness the pain of rebirth ends; limitations of individuality are gone and only Brahman remains.”(Molloy 86) Moksha is attaining the spiritual form of the soul or Brahman. Buddhism rejects certain elements of Hinduism which are: the caste system, the

The experience of filmmaking

1323 words - 5 pages The experience of filmmakingIt is generally accepted that films are the products of the director's effort to unify the various components of film into something that bears his signature. There are many more people involved during the production phase of manufacturing a motion picture than just the director. An audience doesn't see the people and procedures such as film stock, scripts, locations, and the crew needed to make a film.The director of

History and Importance of the Potato Among Many Cultures

2703 words - 11 pages connects many diverse nations in a mutual need. Though per capita, Europe and North America remain the highest consumers of potatoes, the others are rising each year and who knows what the future may hold for this nutritious and now quite valuable tuber (Potato2008). Throughout history, this nutritious ugly tuber has had a rough run. Often it was at first mistrusted or dismissed by new cultures, but all most always its indispensable qualities

The Experience Of War

947 words - 4 pages The Experience Of War Many authors have written about war themes, some extracts of the stories and poems that I have read and researched are The Upturned Face by Steven Crane .It is about a fictional war being fought in an imaginary Europe. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell describes his senses and feeling of getting shot in the neck during battle. Exposure by Wilfred Owen,describes the horrors and reality of being in the trenches of

Religious Experience and the Existence of God

1368 words - 5 pages Religious experience presents a convincing argument for the existence of God analyse this claim (12) S.T.Davies describes a Religious experience as a non-empirical, (all in the mind/ personal rather than analysable by science) experience. He said these experiences were often spontaneous, (believers need no preparation to have these experiences) and unique, (completely individual to the believer having the experience). Many experiences were never

How does Spike Lees "Jungle Fever" adress stereotyping. Discuss with reference to the history of black cinema.

1097 words - 4 pages , for example, shows that racism knows no color, as the friends of Flippers wife drew have a talk on that theme or, as the lovers have to face serious problems with a waitress in an "all black" restaurant. Furthermore, we learn how narrow minded each vested interests are and how much prejudice is among races.The little fake "fight" of Flip and Angie is a good example of Lees sentence about racism. Here, two police officers are being mistaken when

The Conflict of Prostitution

1416 words - 6 pages society, the debatable conflict of prostitution definitely affects individuals in a negative way; however, there are positive aspects to such an issue as well. To begin, prostitution is known as one of the oldest professions, and it dates as far back as 2400 BCE (Sexton and Cushman, Web). No one can pinpoint the origin, but is it really expected? Obviously, people have been sexually active for all of our existence. This is known because we are

Similar Essays

The Hmong And American Immigrant Experience

1014 words - 4 pages Ever wonder how life is being an immigrant living in the US? Or the types of events that occur as an immigrant converts into being an American? This book, I Begin My Life All Over: The Hmong and the American Immigrant Experience by Lillian Faderman with Ghia Xiong, is about the ending life as a Hmong leading into becoming an American. It discusses the experiences that thirty-six real life people go through in life as they become Americans. The

The Fitzgerald Formula: Comparing The Great Gatsby To The Lees Of Happiness And The Camel's Back

1972 words - 8 pages title, we can conclude that the story is generally about being just slightly away from any and all happiness. Perhaps a lee is a place that the wind (or happiness, in this case) blows around, but not into. One might be able to see the wind, and even to understand it from there, but one could never actually experience it if one remained there.In The Lees of Happiness, if we are examining it based on the explanation and definition of the title

W. B. Yeats, George Hyde Lees, And The Automatic Script

2738 words - 11 pages W. B. Yeats, George Hyde-Lees, and the Automatic Script In his biography of Yeats, Richard Ellmann remarks that "Had Yeats died instead of marrying in 1917, he would have been remembered as a remarkable minor poet who achieved a diction more powerful than that of his contemporaries but who, except in a handful of poems, did not have much to say with it" (Ellmann 223). Yet with his marriage to Georgie Hyde-Lees on October 21st, 1917, a vast

The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir

1129 words - 5 pages Kao Kalia Yang’s autobiographical novel, The Latehomecomer chronicles the journey of a Hmong refugee family as they flee from the jungles of Laos to Thailand refugee camps and the processes of transition and assimilation in the United States. Yang explains that as she becomes aware of her cultural heritage she is motivated to preserve the endangered stories of the Hmong people. Her grandmother serves as the author’s largest resource, but the