By Anne Fadiman
Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1997
Genres: nonfiction, social sciences, anthropology, cultural studies, medicine
Intended audience: Adult
Number of pages: 341 (including Notes, Bibliography, and Index).
Setting: Mostly set in Merced, CA, but also includes places where the Hmong have lived – including China, Laos, & Thailand, and other cities in the US.
Time period: Early to mid 1980’s (but the book also covers different times in the Hmong’s history – including America’s secret war in Laos)
Description: When Lia Lee, a Hmong child, was an infant, her older sister slammed the door on her way out. Immediately afterwards Lia suffered her first epileptic seizure and Lia’s parents took her to the hospital. Thus began a frustrating and strained relationship between Lia’s parents and hospital staff. Language barriers and cultural expectations prevented Lia from getting the right care for her, leaving her in a tragic state of being. Continue reading