Asian American Studies

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Pei Zhen Qu
December 14, 2015
Professor Liu
Research Paper The life of a Chinese American Growing up in a country where you are a minority amongst many other minorities can be difficult. This can cause many mental illnesses to the families and the individual itself. The United States is a country with many minority groups, one of which includes Chinese Americans. I know myself that it’s hard living in a place where there is racism and stereotypes about Chinese people, since I have been through this. The Chinese community is one of the fastest growing communities in the United States. The Chinese first came to the United States in the middle of the nineteenth century. The reason why they left their home country was
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Yuwen and A.C.C. Chen, they stated that Chinese American adolescents have higher levels of depressive symptoms than those of a white person. They stated “Family and parenting factors were found to be associated with Chinese American adolescents’ depressive symptoms, including family functioning (Crane et al. 2005), family conflict (Juang et al. 2007; Lim et al. 2009), supportive parenting (Kim & Ge 2000), parental control (Juang et al. 2007; Lim et al. 2009), and parental monitoring (Kim et al. 2009; Kim & Ge 2000).” Like what was stated in the previous paragraph, it said that Chinese American adolescents have less mental health and behavioral problems. The reason being is because the children are able to communicate with their parents more in which the family regulates a set of norms and just talking to one another. In Yuwen and Chen’s study, they recruited Chinese American adolescents from a Chinese school and a church. The criteria listed to be in the study was that the person had to self-identify themselves as either Chinese, Taiwanese, Chinese American, or Taiwanese American, had to be between the ages of 12 and 19, and had one parent who was born in china or Taiwan (page 237). They conducted two focus groups and the questions (containing 15 questions) were asked in either English or Mandarin (depending on the adolescents’ preference). The adolescents also had to fill out a questionnaire. Some
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