The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman, was a great book about cross-culture mishap.
I don’t know how I have not read it before since its a use book in anthropology class but I’m glad I finally had the chance to read it now.
Its about a Hmong girl who gets sick and finally really sick, but most of the story is about her parents who are refugees from Laos, who don’t speak English the whole time they are in the story along with her doctors who don’t speak Hmong.
Its a great book that should be read by any medical professional, social worker, public health worker, refugee worker, aka anyone who will come in contact with refugees.
The time line is mostly in the 80s and 90s but I wounder how much has really changed since then. I know we(Americans) have the same issues and problems but with different minors now.
I was amazed at how they didn’t have people come in and translate or help the family understand what was going on or even what they were signing. I hope now that people translate for families or people before they perform things.
The book is written so you can see both sides, the doctors who were so mad and not understanding (but at the same time I wondered how could they not help and do something for them) to the Lee family who most of the time in fact 99.9% perfect of the time didn’t know what was happening or why if was. It was good where you felt for both sides. Also had great facts and stories about the Hmong and why they left Laos.
Overall mad me think a lot, which every book should do, but this one for sure. Great read!

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