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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down A Hmong Child Her American Doctors and the Collision of Two Cultures
Author: Anne Fadiman
When three-month-old Lia Lee Arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced, refugees from the CIA-run "Quiet War" in La...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780374525644
ISBN-10: 0374525641
Publication Date: 9/28/1998
Pages: 352
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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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This book changed the way I looked at immigration, culture, the right to choose medically. Very thought provoking book. Extremely well written.
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I absolutely loved this book! It is written with such insight into the culture of the Hmong. It was an eye opener of the best kind - taking the reader into the midst of a medical case involving a very ill Hmong child in a small county hospital in California - language and cultural barriers that the author works to eliminate. Racial tensions, discrimination, miscommunication - the author worked through it and detailed the journey into a very readable, intelligent, thought-provoking piece of work.
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Awesome read! I loved it!! This was actually a text book for a medical anthro class, but I read it in two days (way ahead of the rest of the class). Great book.
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A Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures. Probably one of the best books I have ever read, a non-fiction that reads like a novel. This child is born with epilepsy, and the parents believe her condition is caused by spirits called "dabs", and don't administer her medications properly, if at all. Anne Fadiman is a wonderful writer, and you will be caught up in the drama as well as further understanding the Hmong people and their history. I can't recommend this highly enough.
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This book details the clash of two culturs: an immigrant Hmong family and the American medical system as each strives to keep the young daughter who has epilepsy healthy. Very though provoking--it provided the perspective of our medical care through the eyes of another culture. (good information for all health care professionals.) I also learned alot about the Hmong culture, how they were affected by the Vietnam war and how many immigrated to the US. This is not a light reading book; I also had a light-reading book to read so I could alternate between them as my mood dictated. Story plot detailed in other reviews.
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I loved this book. I learned so much about the Hmong culture by reading this book. I also learned about how difficult it can be to have a sick child when you have a cultural barrier. I have a daughter who has epilepsy and there was so much I took for granted about her health care. I grew to love the family, the Hmong culture and history, and the writing style. Worth the read. I recommended it out to a friend to read as soon as I finished reading it.
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Best book I've read. Makes you rethink how you deal with people. A wonderfull, but sad story.


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