In Hmong these symptoms were called quab dab peg which translates to, the spirit catches you and you fall down. The Lee’s were both happy and sad about Lia’s seizures. In Hmong seizures are considered to have special powers and usually become Shamans, but at the same time the Lees were worried about their child’s health... Showed first 250 characters
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This chapter also starts to get into the problems with the language and cultural barriers between the American doctors and the Lee family.
Chapter 4 - Do Doctors Eat Brains?
This chapter describes the Hmongs concerns with the American doctors. Mao Thao, a Hmong woman who spent time living in the U... Showed next 250 characters
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> Helping to Understand: The Hmong's story
> Anne Fadiman wrote an eye-opening book titled, The
> Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Fadiman is
> the editor of The American Scholar and has been
> published numerous times...