When the spirit catches you and you fall down by Fadiman
Readings: Fadiman, Chapters 11-16 1. Chapter 11 – how did it feel when you read about the medical care provided by the EMT’s and doctors in Lia’s ‘big one’? 2. Ch. 12 – How do the refugee experiences and historical-political context of the Hmong people fleeing to the US influence their situation here – both their own understanding of that, and outsiders’ understandings?3. When polled, Hmong refugees in America stated that “difficulty with American agencies” was a more serious problem than either “war memories” or “separation from family.” Why do you think they felt this way? Could this have been prevented? If so, how? What does the author believe? 4. Explain how you feel about the Hmong immigration into America after reading Chapter 14, The Melting Pot.
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