Cultural stigma hurts Asian American teens with depression

most Asian American teens are emotionally healthy and thriving. But government statistics suggest that a substantial number struggle emotionally. Among Asian American high school students, 29 percent have reported feeling “sad or hopeless” for at least two weeks in a row during the past year, enough to interfere with their daily lives, according to a recent national youth survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That figure is slightly higher than that of teens from all racial groups, 28 percent. Continue reading

Mayor Lisa Wong leads with grace under pressure

費奇堡市市長黃素芬。(圖片由黃靈美提供。)

It’s hard to believe now, but Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong was voted second-most bashful in high school.
“Now I speak all the time publicly,” Wong said. Today, the first Asian American mayor in Massachusetts speaks with confidence and poise: making eye contact, holding her chin up and smiling warmly. Continue reading