Chapters 5 & 6

In Chapter 5 we learn more about Lia’s treatment and the disconnect between the Hmong people and Lia’s doctors. The first part of the chapter talks about Lia’s relationship with her parents, how her dad likes that she is a little overweight and how Lia is much more soothed when she is around her mother.Continue reading Chapters 5 & 6

Chapters 5 & 6

These two chapters go into the misunderstandings and frustrations associated with Hmong treatment in a Western hospital. Chapter 5 focuses a lot on the doctor’s frustrations with the Lee family, and how their expertise was rarely ever taken seriously or applied accurately. The doctors seem to be doing everything they can for the family, butContinue reading Chapters 5 & 6

Chapters 5 & 6

Though immigration is a large part of American history, many immigrants struggle to adapt to life in the west. Chapter five of Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down captures one prominent struggle for many non-English speaking immigrants: the inability to communicate effectively with others in a given community. Given Lia’s condition, sheContinue reading Chapters 5 & 6