Chapter 7 & 8

In chapter 7 we learned about what happens after Doctor Neil calls Child Protective services on the Lee’s for their lack of treatment of their daughters’ condition.  Lia ends up in a nice foster family lead by a woman named Dee Korda where she ends up staying for six months.  Despite the change in environmentContinue reading Chapter 7 & 8

Chapters 7&8

Unwilling to withstand the supposed ‘negligence’ of the Lees towards Lia, Neil Ernst, their doctor, got a court mandated order for Lia to be placed in foster care where she will be given her medication as directed. With no warning, Lia was taken from her parents and placed in the care of a loving coupleContinue reading Chapters 7&8

Chapters 7 & 8

Chapters 7 and 8 were really helpful in getting a better understanding of the Hmong perspective. After reading our last few chapters, I had a hard time seeing the issues from the Lee families point of view. I was becoming biased towards what I know, Western medicine, and was getting frustrated with the Lee familyContinue reading Chapters 7 & 8

Ch. 7 & 8

Chapters 7 and 8 focus on the time Lia was placed in foster care. Fadiman notes that Neil thought of other options beside reporting the Lees to Child Protective Services in retrospect. Neil mentioned that he used to feel troubled about his choice but he was more concerned about Lia’s welfare which seems reasonable. TheContinue reading Ch. 7 & 8

Chapters 7 & 8

Chapter seven of Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down chronicles the events of Lia Lee following her parents’ loss of custody of her. Her departure from her family and anyone who understood Hmong proved to be difficult as it impeded with the staff’s ability to communicate effectively with her about the circumstancesContinue reading Chapters 7 & 8