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Diversity Studies 100 with Ashley Pickard: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

"Those who have tried to defeat, deceive, govern, regulate, constrain, assimilate, intimidate, or patronize the Hmong have, as a rule, disliked them intensely. On the other hand, many historians, anthropologists, and missionaries...have developed a great fondness for them." - Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Here are some selected resources that you may want to use in your presentation. Interested in a topic not covered? Want additional sources? Send Haley an email ( and she will be happy to help! Or Chat with a Librarian 24/7.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

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Key Issues / Themes

  • Hmong culture
  • American medical system
  • Culturally responsive care
  • Parenting / nuture
  • Colonialism/Post-colonialism
  • Gender roles
  • Animism
  • Epilepsy / spirit loss
  • Racism


These eBooks can be accessed from any computer - just log in with your SID and last name. Consider taking a quote from one of these for your classmates to respond to, or use a chapter as a source in your PowerPoint Presentation.