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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: FSG Adult; 1 edition (Jan. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374525641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374525644
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If Lia Lee had been born in the highlands of northwest Laos, where her parents and twelve of her brothers and sisters were born, her mother would have squatted on the floor of the house that her father had built from ax-hewn planks thatched with bamboo and grass. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Jan. 15 2004
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Prior to reading Fadiman's book, I thought I had a pretty good grasp on the Hmong culture. One of my most treasured friends is Hmong - we met in college and Yer has always amazed me with her all American appearance and attitude that can be so totally overcome with her Hmong culture. Reading "The Spirit Catches You..." brought this world so much closer. While it's very easy to read, and the story grabs you and pulls you in, it is also a crash course in Hmong culture and history. Unless you know someone who is Hmong, it's hard to understand how tangible their culture, language, history etc... is all tied together. Fadiman does a great job of tracing the tangled knot of many of these threads. You won't come away from this intriguing novel without feeling like your world view has just burst threw another layer of understanding.
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By Kris on July 8 2014
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Fantastic book! I couldn't put it down.
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By JVines on June 14 2013
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After this ethnography/narrative about Hmong living in LA, you will never think the same again about cross cultural perspectives on health and healing again. However readers will learn about and appreciate more than just medical variances across cultures. Complex questions surrounding rights of the body, what is a body, the power of history, power of myth, racism, parenthood, and even self comprehension are raised. With Anne Fadiman's strong narrative style these questions are masterfully managed and therefore the reader is never confused or overwhelmed. This is a must read for anyone considering a career in a medical profession wherein they might treat someone of a different culture.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 2 2004
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I may be too optimistic, but I've grown to believe that bigotry isn't always practiced by bad people, but often by good people ignorant of cultures other than their own. This was certainly the situation in the case that Anne Fadiman writes about. People from two cultures, each believing they are correct, clash and a small child gets caught in the middle.
Prejudice begins to break down in the light of true communication. Unfortunately for this child, true communcation was too big of a hurdle to cross. Fortunately for the reader, we can learn from reading about this experience.
This book will touch your heart and open your mind. The lessons learned within its pages will stay with you. This book is worth purchasing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Gwaltney on Feb. 11 2004
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While this book's main focus is a study of the differences between the Hmong culture, and American society, there is much about little Lia as well. Lia was born with a seizure disorder. Her family had a heartbreaking time, transplanting to the United States, and being expected to conform to an incomprehensible new culture, while trying to help their precious baby girl. My heart goes out to the Lee family. I found this deep and complex book fascinating. I've read it four times.
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One of the best books I have read. An amazing analysis of one little girls journey of illness and care, one family's amazing story, one community's struggles to adapt and sruvive and one hospital's efforts to save a patient. For anyone interested in cross-cultural learning, the medical system, immigration, global conflict, and generally how human beings can or can't communicate effectively with one another.
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Excellent book. A classic and a must for those working in the Healthcare field. Gives insights into cultural issues which influence the care experience.
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As a student looking to go to medical school, I found this book to be an eye opening experience. It really points out the need for empathy for other cultures, languages and religions in the medical establishment. Although I know I am more open minded than most pre-med students, I think that anyone who reads this book can develop an appreciation for culture and religion as it relates to health and healing. It is a great read and I recommend it for all pre-med students.
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