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…

Hepatitis B: do you know your status?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTQMHRpxqG8] According to the American Liver Foundation, “Hepatitis B is a serious disease that affects one out of ten Asian Americans and their families. Among immigrants, the prevalance can be as high as one in seven.” Sounds scary, huh?  But we college students got the vaccinations in high school, so we don’t have to worry,…