Chapter 3 & 4

In Chapter 3, we learned more about Lia’s illness.  Specifically, its downhill development and insight on the illness from the Hmong perspective.  The first notable thing about the chapter is that its title is that same as the novels.  In the chapter, we learn that the symptoms Lia is experiencing would be characterized as “quagContinue reading Chapter 3 & 4

Chapters 3 & 4

Chapter three of Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down explains the title and nature of Lee’s condition. Quang dab peg or “the spirit catches you and you fall down” is the Hmong equivalent of epilepsy. While these terms are, on a very technical level, translations of one another, their social implications areContinue reading Chapters 3 & 4

Chapter 3 & 4

Chapters 3 & 4 discuss how Western medicine and Hmong culture work in opposition to each other. They differ in what they believe is the cause of illness, how to cure illness, and how a healer and patient should interact. Not only do all of these factors contribute to a fundamental misunderstanding between the twoContinue reading Chapter 3 & 4