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    The Anne Fadiman book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, is about a Hmong (an East Asian ethnic group) family, the Lees. The Lee family find it difficult to navigate through the American healthcare system that is being offered to them in Merced, California. They go from traditional Hmong health management in Laos, to a place where biomedical, science-based treatments. And when the Lees are faced with having to rely on western medicine to properly care for their daughter, Lia Lee’s severe epilepsy, this conflict of cultural resolution is brought to the light. This leads to distrust of doctors by the Lees and a development of unempathetic care by the doctors for the Lee family. The book is written in an alternating fashion, where every other chapter is a discussion of Hmong culture and the Laos war, in which America played a part. Fadiman’s decision to present the book this way, helps the reader…

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    Fall Down by Anne Fadiman, the Merced doctors treating Lia were raised and educated in a Western culture that taught the superiority and successfulness of using logic to deduce problems, so when they are faced with the “irrational’…

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    In the novel, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, cross cultural medical communications are addressed through the story of a young, Hmong girl, Lia. Through her medical journey with epilepsy, the book shows how traditional boundaries and medical beliefs can clash and at times, bringing some negative outcomes to patients and their families. The novel introduces us to the Hmong culture, stressing their dire need to hold on to their culture so much that even some older traditions can make the…

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    significant impact on the life of not only Lia, but the entire Lee family, as well as the doctors and hospital staff who tried to make sure that Lia was receiving the best care possible. Jeanine enters the narrative in the seventh chapter, roughly a third of the way through the book. It is immediately clear to us, as the readers, that she is driven and truly believes in what she does. In order to fulfill her duty to the children placed under her care, she must ensure that they have the…

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    Both authors used lucid descriptions to portray the events and situations in their essays. Abani depict lively imagery in “The Lottery,” such as engaging our sense of smell with by describing that In “Under Water,” Fadiman also portray vivid imagery, for example, by describing the strength of the “higher and swifter” Green River. The authors further show their eloquence by brilliantly utilizing figurative language in their essays. In “The Lottery,” Abani applies irony:. The quote ironically…

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    Author of nonfiction book “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall”, Anne Fadiman relays the questions to her readers in her preface: “What makes a good parent?” and “What makes a good doctor?” As far as anyone is concerned for the latter question, specifically what makes outstanding health care, Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, of the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality would describe quality health care as simply “getting the right care to the right patient at the right time – every time” ().…

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    Our world is made up of many different cultures and it would not be how it is today without these different cultures. Some cultures believe they are superior to others and this results in cultural differences and barriers. In Anne Fadiman’s book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, she explains cultural barriers that can develop through cultural differences, when one culture enters into another culture’s area. Fadiman writes about the Hmong culture entering the United States and evaluates…

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    In the United States, many doctors face the challenge of working with patients that are of a different race or ethnicity from him or herself. Along with that, these patients are left confused and with a sense of powerlessness when working with American doctors. It becomes very hard to communicate not only because of a distinct language barrier, but also a cultural barrier. Many cultures approach situations in different ways, especially in regard to medical care. The book, The Spirit Catches You…

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    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is the tragic story of a young Hmong girl named Lia who suffers from epilepsy and who was the victim of a cultural collision and misunderstanding between her Hmong parents and her American doctors in Merced, California. The story follows Lia’s family, the Lees, as they navigate the American culture and system while maintaining strong ties with their traditions, practices, and rituals. The author, Anne Fadiman, uses the battle between the doctors of Merced…

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    Anne Fadiman’s book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, tells the story of the clashing of cultures between the Hmong culture and Western culture through the lens of medicine. Fadiman’s plot revolves around Lia, a Hmong girl born with severe epilepsy, and the tales of Hmong culture, allowing the reader to understand the actions of Lia and other Hmong, like her parents, as their culture heavily influences their beings. Thus I propose that this book remain a summer reading requirement as the…

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