By Suzan Song
Suzan Song MD MPH is a Harvard-trained adult psychiatrist and Stanford-trained child/adolescent psychiatrist, currently working at the Asian Americans for Community Involvement mental health clinic in the Bay Area. She is a former White House Asian Pacific Islander American Initiative fellow, and was a George Soros fellow, working with domestically abused Asian immigrant women in New York City.
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May is both Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Mental Health Month. Combining these themes into one month, let us look closer at mental health issues specific to Asian American youth and their parents. May (and the special month festivities) are coming to an end, so now is a good time to focus on what individuals can do – specifically parents – to promote the mental health of their Asian American children.
Asian Americans are not only Asian and American. We are a sub-culture with unique needs and experiences. Because of this, we have some mental health needs that are different from other majority or ethnic minority groups.