by Anne Fadiman
This very interesting book came from the 10 cent table at the library! It is about a Hmong child in Merced, California with medical issues and the struggle to get her care in the American medical system. Her parents don’t speak english and do not have faith in western medicine. The Hmong people are very family and trible loyal, but the child becomes the focus of doctors and social workers as they try to give her appropriate care. Do they really help her and her family? I learned a lot about Hmong culture from Laos and the story is well balanced between cultural and medical needs.