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Discuss the central conflict of the book, i.e., the clash between the culture of the Hmong and the culture of ‘western biomedic

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Discuss the central conflict of the book, i.e., the clash between the culture of the Hmong and the culture of ‘western biomedicine.’ Why did the Lees act as they did regarding Lia Lee’s condition?

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

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The book is : Fadiman, Anne. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (1997) F







History and Cultures of Southeast Asia

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Essay Questions



Please type and single-space your responses to the following questions, clearly labeling the question being addressed and utilizing standard margins and a 12-point font. Your responses Include a citation (any standard format is fine) if you are: a) referring to information gleaned from outside of the Fadiman text or; b) using a direct quotation from any source. Responses getting high marks will demonstrate the following characteristics: a thorough treatment of the issues raised in the question, well written, tight organization, and thoughtful. 





1. Discuss the central conflict of the book, i.e., the clash between the culture of the Hmong and the culture of ‘western biomedicine.’ Why did the Lees act as they did regarding Lia Lee’s condition? Why did her doctors act as they did? How did their (both the Lees’ and the doctors’) attitudes and actions reflect their underlying cultural beliefs regarding the body, wellness, illness, and healing?

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2. Discuss at least three (3) aspects of Hmong culture that struck you as particularly interesting or unusual. Hmong culture has often been viewed by non-Hmong Americans as ‘backward’; the attitude is typically, ‘they (the Hmong) need to learn our (mainstream U.S) ways.’ Taking the opposite approach, what lessons do you think the Hmong could teach mainstream U.S. society? (~1/2 page)







3. Towards the end of the book (pg. 259) Fadiman poses the question “Was the gulf [between the Lees and their doctors] unbridgeable?” What do you think? Reflect on the ‘eight questions’ developed by Arthur Kleinman and his comments on page 261 in regards to this question. (~1/2 page)







4. What did you learn from this book? (i.e, discuss a few aspects or issues that particularly interested, surprised, or provoked you). (~1/2 page)

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Anthropology Book review: The spirit catches you and you fall down: Name Course Instructor Date A] Discuss the central conflict of the book, i.e., the clash between the culture of the Hmong and the culture of ‘western biomedicine.’ Why did the Lees act as they did regarding Lia Lee’s condition? Why did her doctors act as they did? How did their (both the Lees’ and the doctors’) attitudes and actions reflect their underlying cultural beliefs regarding the body, wellness, illness, and healing? There is a conflict between Lia Lee’s parents and the medical doctors’ on the best remedy to treat the epileptic episodes suffered by Lia Lee. The family believed that the genesis of Lia’s body reaction was experiencing noise that led to her soul leaving her body. As such, it is both a spiritual and medical issue to the Lee family, with their traditions seen as being suited to improve Lia’s health condition. The use of complementary and alternative medicine and appeasing the spirits is seen as a necessary intervention. Nonetheless, the Hmong are also undecided on the best course of action, since ‘Qaug Dab Peg’ (epilepsy) could represent danger and peculiarity (Fadiman, 1997). The doctors were schooled to use scientific data, and they followed these recommendations on how to treat patients with epilepsy without explaining to the patient’s family how conventional medicine would be beneficial. There was miscommunic...


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