Wendy's Reviews > 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 by Anne Fadiman
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Sep 03, 2011

really liked it

I liked this book a lot more than I expected to. Maybe it's because I grew up eating Hmong cereal in Merced with my grandparents. More likely it's because the topic was fascinating - an epileptic Hmong child in Central CA trying to get treatment in a public hospital - and the writing quite clear. Great book about collision of culture here in the states and the kind of tragedy that lack of understanding can lead to.

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