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

By: Anne Fadiman
Published: 2000, ©1997
Pages: 341 (Includes Reader’s Guide)
Total Copies: 16
Genre: NonfictionBiographies & Memoirs | Health & MedicineSocial Issues | Cultural, Asian & Immigrants


Description: Lia Lee was born in 1981 to a family of recent Hmong immigrants, and soon developed symptoms of epilepsy. By 1988 she was living at home but was brain dead after a tragic cycle of misunderstanding, overmedication, 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.

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