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**spoiler alert** I read this ethnography for my social anthropology class and I had to write a paper on it critically analyzing the cultural barriers**spoiler alert** I read this ethnography for my social anthropology class and I had to write a paper on it critically analyzing the cultural barriers that prevented Lia Lee from receiving the medical care that she needed. This ethnography really opened my eyes; it allowed me to see from the eyes of the Hmong culture and it really challenged my beliefs of the medical practices in the United States because Lia's death could have been prevented if certain measures were taken and it just made me so sad seeing her get sicker and sicker because the Western doctors could not see from the eyes of the Hmong culture and they never even thought to ask the Lee's what they thought of Lia's disease they never even tried to understand their culture or how they thought they just used their own Western medical practices on Lia, which were taboo in the Hmong culture, and that ultimately instilled more of a sense of fear and distrust into the Western medical practices. In response to this ethnography, hospitals in Merced, California (where this ethnography took place) are incorporating both Western Medical practices and traditional Eastern Healing Arts and that gives me hope because now they are trying to understand the culture and giving the people the best possible help that they can receive. ...more
I absolutely loved it. I went to Border's on Thursday and the woman working there asked me if I needed any help finding a book because I had a puzzledI absolutely loved it. I went to Border's on Thursday and the woman working there asked me if I needed any help finding a book because I had a puzzled look on my face. I told her that I wanted a book that I couldn't put down and she immediately suggested this book to me. I really did love it. It is a very easy read and it is chock full of history and it is a bit of a love story. I would definitely recommend this book to all!...more
Best book I have ever read in my entire life. I was required to read it for my women's studies class at UConn and it was seriously the best book I havBest book I have ever read in my entire life. I was required to read it for my women's studies class at UConn and it was seriously the best book I have ever read. It has many complex elements that intertwine, the treatment of women, the view of race/ ethnicity, the effects of imperialism on the "colonies" (exploiting them for natural resources, missionaries trying to convert them to Christianity) not seeing the African their culture from the view of the Africans. This book is also very empowering telling women that "you got to fight" (18) Nettie tells that to Celie, Kate (Albert's sister) tells that to Celie, Sofia tells that to Celie, Shug tells that to Celie. Another theme is "anyone can wear them" (276) this is exemplified through the pants that Celie sews. She sews the pants for all, and it is trying to illustrate how one can break through the gender roles that men and women are confined in by wearing the pants and breaking through the barrier. ...more