The Laundromat: A safe place to unload your secrets?

Last Saturday, October 26, the James Bridges Theater of UCLA screened The Laundromat, an award-winning documentary on the stigma of mental health problems and its silence within Asian American cultures. Vanessa Yee, graduate from UCLA with a MFA in Production and Directing, started the film project four years ago. The documentary follows the personal stories of her friends…

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…