Health Disparities and Asian Americans

Now, in one of the biggest health crises in the modern age, COVID-19 has tested the world in many ways. People have been forced to accommodate by wearing masks and social distancing Also, the lockdown has led to a shutdown in the economy, leading to loss of jobs and slow growth. However, there has been some good to come out of the pandemic. People are now becoming more aware of issues such as health disparities, especially among Asian Americans.

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Understanding Caste in the South Asian Diaspora

I was drawn to further explore caste through a conversation I had with my former thesis advisor, Professor Sonalini Sapra, a Dalit feminist teacher-scholar, in the fall of 2020. We were meeting to pick a potential topic of research for my senior thesis. In the meeting, we discussed the new Netflix docu-series, “Indian Matchmaking,” pointing out several problematic elements of casteism, colorism, and sexism in the show. She expressed that it would be interesting to do an intersectional analysis on the show, exploring caste, gender, and colorism in the South Asian Diaspora.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Matters

COVID-19 vaccine is here, it is effective and safe. Having received my two doses, I can finally be assured that my seat belt is buckled while I continue to take care of my patients.  Although I will still wear my mask, wash my hands carefully, and keep social distance, I know I am now protected against COVID infection, and most certainly against COVID-related severe illness. So, when your turn for the COVID vaccine comes up, I strongly recommend you get your COVID-19 vaccination too.

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Importance of Language Access

I am a first-generation Hmong-American due to the selflessness of my parents, who gave up everything that they knew in their homeland to immigrate to the United States, all for a better opportunity to provide for my siblings and me. For those who are unaware, the Hmong people are an ethnic minority within the Asian community, typically residing in Southeast Asia – my parents for example were born in Laos but lived in a refugee camp located in Thailand.

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