My Mom is a Fob

We affectionately call each other a “fob” when we speak ungrammatically, watch anime, or even eat chicken feet for Dim Sum, but at one point in the past, the term “F.O.B.” had been derogatory. When the term F.O.B. was first coined in the 1980s, it was used as a racist and derogatory term to describe…

Asian American young women and suicide

According to a 2007 CNN article by Elizabeth Cohen, Asian American (AA) women have the highest suicidal rates for females aged 15-24. Below are several factors that Cohen discusses.  I added my own commentary when relevant. 1) AA immigrant parents set high academic and career expectations for their children + the “model minority” myth. When…

Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate

Yesterday’s post got me thinking about skin cancer, so I read through an article called “Skin Cancer: Skin Color Doesn’t Matter” by East West Magazine. While skin cancer cases are more common in fair-skinned people, ultimately the same UV rays hit everyone.  Even Asian Pacific Americans with olive or darker skin tones are at risk…