Van Pao was allied to the US government and assisted US during the Vietnam War. In 1980, Refugee Act was passed and this granted the rest of the family members the permission to join their male counterparts in the US. Just like many other immigrants who arrive in US for refuge, the Hmong suffered from human rights violation leading to them to seek for refuge. In their hometown Laos, Hmong’s suffered from judicial killings, imprisonment and other forms of mistreatment. Their case is also different from the rest of the remaining Hmong in Thailand needed refuge but could not access help until later when the Refugee Act was passed. Other immigrants in the US were allowed to join the country without gender sensitivity. Hmong immigrants to the US were males during their first encounter with US.
This book raises issues related to culture and religion (Fadiman). The author highlights the battle between culture and religion. There is a story of a young girl Lai Lee who was epileptic and almost died since her parents could not offer her medication based on cultural and religious differences. The issues that Anne Fadiman raises in this book can affect my life in college and at home as a citizen. Amongst them is the issue of observing human rights. The Us government should not dictate which gender requires help. Both of the males and females Hmong were suffering in Thailand and therefore everyone that sought refuge had the right to receive according to human rights laws. I also believe that regardless of our culture and traditions we should not allow suffering to be enveloped around our culture and religion. It is also with great shame that the US was involved in the war back in Laos where the immigrants were coming from. As an American citizen, it should be my responsibility to take care of human life. The religious, culture, and scientific issues raised by