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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures Lia Lee Was Born In To A Family Of Recent Hmong Immigrants, And Soon Developed Symptoms Of Epilepsy By She Was Living At Home But Was Brain Dead After A Tragic Cycle Of Misunderstanding, Over Medication, And Culture Clash What The Doctors Viewed As Clinical Efficiency The Hmong Viewed As Frosty Arrogance The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down Is A Tragedy Of Shakespearean Dimensions, Written With The Deepest Of Human Feeling Sherwin Nuland Said Of The Account, There Are No Villains In Fadiman S Tale, Just As There Are No Heroes People Are Presented As She Saw Them, In Their Humility And Their Frailty And Their Nobility


10 thoughts on “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures

  1. Matt Matt says:

    If nothing else can be said about this book, it should be said that it will cause a reaction Most books are a monologue The author is telling you something and you listen Anne Fadiman s book is so engaging, and touches on so many sensitive subjects, that it slike a dialogue between author and reader And I use the word dialogue literally During the course of this


  2. Lisa Vegan Lisa Vegan says:

    I knew a little about this case, and before I read the book, I was certain I d feel infuriated with the Hmong family and feel nothing but disrespect for them, and would side with the American side, even though I have my issues with the western medical establishment as well Not that I didn t feel angry and amused at times with both sides, but I also ended up empat


  3. Inder Inder says:

    This is the heartbreaking story of Lia, a Hmong girl with epilepsy in Merced It is intended to be an ethnography, describing two different cultural approaches to Lia s sickness her Hmong parents and her American doctors.Don t read any further unless you don t mind knowing the basic story told in this book there are no spoilers, since this is not a book with a surp


  4. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    What an incredible read A clash of Western medicine with Hmong culture, exasperated by a lack of translators, cultural understanding, and education on both sides Anne Fadiman shows how the situation involving one very sick child went wrong and makes suggestions as toeffective ways to communicate and provide care I really enjoyed learning about the Hmong family in p


  5. Teresa Teresa says:

    A book like this one should be required reading for anyone who lives in a community of multicultural members, and nowadays that s probably just about everyone Sadly, and not surprisingly, those who would probably most benefit from a book like this would probably be the ones least likely to read it.It s an eye opener on cross cultural issues, especially those in the


  6. Diane Diane says:

    This is an impressive work The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is a nonfiction book I ve been meaning to read for years, and I m glad I finally made time for it Anne Fadiman writes about the clash of two cultures Hmong and Western medicine By following one Hmong family in California as they struggle to care for their epileptic daughter, we see how difficult it c


  7. Eric Eric says:

    This is one of the best books I ve read I guess it would be considered part of the medical anthropology genre, but it s so compelling that it sheds that very dry, nerdly sounding label This was recommended to me in a cultural literacy course and it certainly delivered The story is of the treatment of the epileptic child of a Hmong immigrant family in the American heal


  8. Mmars Mmars says:

    There are so many valuable aspects to this book it s hard to decide what to mention Having just learned that Lia, the subject of the book, passed away within the last week I d like to express sheer admiration to her family, and especially her parents, for loving and caring for her for so many years Along with a large influx of Hmong, Lia lived in Merced, CA when she ex


  9. Beverly Beverly says:

    In Hmong culture they revere their children so much, it is wonderful This little girl was her parent s favorite and they believed her epilepsy was a special gift that made herin tune with the spirit world Many of the spirit healers in Hmong society have epilepsy.More largely, this is the story of a clash between western and eastern cultures, a communication lapse that u


  10. Hamad Hamad says:

    The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down may read like a documentary thanks to Fadiman s journalistic background , but it is really an introspection on the western system of medicine and science We cannot ourselves metaphorically stand back and try to look at the system from the outside However, comparing it to another supposedly antithetical system through the experienc


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