Asian-American´s Suicide

1143 WordsJul 16, 20185 Pages
According to research, California State Fullerton professor Eliza Noh states that Asian-American women of the age 15 to 24 have the highest rates of suicide than any other racial, ethnic, or gender group. The “model minority” pressure—“socially produced pressure internalized by families of some Asian-American children to be high achievers at school and professionally”—plays a large factor to the issue, especially since girls, who are more affected by it than boys, are expected to become the “perfect mother, daughter, wife and get only A’s in school and choose the right type of job,” (Cruz 1). Noh adds on, saying that Asian-American women have a tendency “to ignore or deny stress, depression and other mental health problems” which “can…show more content…
“There’s a cultural practice of dealing with distress and feelings on your own before burdening others with them,” clinical psychologist and Palo Alto University assistant professor Joyce Chu explains. “By the time [Asian-American women] seek professional help, the severity of their mental health problems are much higher than compared to every other group,” (Mu 1). Within my household, feelings of deep sorrow and despair have never been discussed between the members of my family. It is important to keep up the appearance that there is nothing out of place so, even though I sometimes confide in my friends, the act of confessing my sadness is kept to a minimal because of how unusual it feels. Losing face is a well-known concept among other Asian culture: Unlike individualistic cultures, shame and honor go far beyond the indi¬vidual, and reflect directly upon ones’ family, nation, or other group, and so is taken very seriously. Maintaining good face is a kind of measurement of how well one has maintained faith to traditional values, and ones’ social standing among others. It serves as a strong control mechanism which reinforces all other Asian values. (Hu 1) This is likely one of the main reasons why many Asian-American women do not seek psychological help, because it is not only embedded in them to keep up the appearance of happiness and good health, but the shame that comes with it
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