An Analysis in Anne Fadiman’s “The Spirit Catches You and you Fall Down”


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Essay #: 070029
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An Analysis in Anne Fadiman's "The Spirit Catches You and you Fall Down"
This paper will examine the book in three different contexts: Tradition, cultural differences and accepting of differences, health communication, as well as an analysis of my personal insights toward the book and how it relates to health communications skills.
Tradition, Cultural Differences, Accepting differences
Many of the Hmong traditions, phrases and Lee family dynamics from the book are based on their spiritual view of the human life and the soul of the being life having separate entities. For example, Lia had qaug dab peg (p. 20) which was both a blessing and a curse for the little girl to handle. But it made her soul special or the “anointed one”...
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..... society we are becoming more diversified and more traditional healthcare practices may be present in my job in the future due to the variety of ethnicities and traditions that go through the American healthcare system. Second, many alternative type of therapies and treatments are actually working for people, even more than traditional medicine, so these types of healing modalities have to be given their proper respect, despite American doctors not understanding them or not taking them seriously. If something works, it should be given a proper place in medicine.
Fadiman, A. (1998). The spirit catches you and you fall down: A Hmong Child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures. New York: Farrar Strauss and Giroux.