Praise for Asian American Communities and Health
"This textbook provides a detailed and lucid examination of key health issues from more than 40 leading researchers and community advocates in Asian American health, all of whom agree on the need for contextual and multi–level analyses and interventions to reduce health disparities in Asian American populations. Unlike other books on the health of immigrant and minority populations, this textbook illustrates the critical role of factors ranging from social capital, migration patterns, culture, acculturation histories, racism and discrimination, and policies on health and health disparities. Trinh–Shevrin, Islam, and Rey have made an important contribution to the minority health and health disparities literature."
Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD, professor of social epidemiology and chair, Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School of Public Health
"This book affirms the thirty–five years of experience of Asian Health Services and challenges our health care system to do better."
Sherry Hirota, CEO, Asian Health Services
"Asian American Communities and Health is not only for students, scholars, researchers, advocates,?and practitioners?of public health. The essays in the book add?the academic discipline of?public health to Asian American Studies (AAS), while?fulfilling?the AASAS founding principle of directly serving the Asian American community with?their research and findings."
Lorraine Dong, PhD, professor and chair, Asian American Studies Department, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
"For all who are committed to social justice in the United States but have limited understanding of Asian Americans politicians, policy–makers, program planners, administrators, researchers, and service providers this book is an eye–opener to the plight of this and other minorities in seeking parity in a broken social, political, and health care system."
Jane S. Lin–Fu, MD, former chief, Genetic Services?Branch, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA, USDHHS
Foreword (Albert K. Yee).
PART ONE: SETTING THE CONTEXT: ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN THE UNITED STATES.
1. Toward a Contextual Understanding of Asian American Health (Nadia Shilpi Islam, Chau Trinh–Shevrin, and Mariano Jose Rey).
2. Social, Cultural, and Demographic Characteristics of Asian Americans (Winston Tseng).
3. Social, Demographic, and Cultural Characteristics of Pacific Islanders (Sela V. Panapasa).
4. Asian American Health Research: Baseline Data and Funding (Chandak Ghosh).
PART TWO: PERSPECTIVES: HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN AND SPECIAL POPULATIONS.
5. The Health of Children and Adolescents (Stella M. Yu, and Amita N. Vyas).
6. The Health of Women (Sora Park–Tanjasiri, and Tu–Uyen Nguyen).
7. The Health of Men (John H. Choe).
8. The Health of the Elderly (Tazuko Shibusawa, and Irene Chung).
9. The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning People Communities (Sel J. Hwahng, and Alison J. Lin).
PART THREE: FROM THE INDIVIDUAL TO THE INSTITUTIONAL: CRITICAL FACTORS INFLUENCING HEALTH DISPARITIES.
10. Complementary and Alternative Medicines (Darshan Mehta, and Ellen McCarthy).
11. Language Access (Marguerite Ro, Jinny Jihyun Park, and Deeana Jang).
12. Health Insurance (Ninez Ponce).
13. Racism and Discrimination (Gilbert C. Gee, and Annie Ro).
14. Occupational and Environmental Health (Pam Tau Lee).
PART FOUR: BUILDING THE FOUNDATION FOR ACTION: COMMUNITY–BASED RESEARCH.
15. Health Interventions (Grace X. Ma, and Gem P. Daus).
16. Community–Based Participatory Research (S. Darius Tandon, and Simona C. Kwon).
17. Promoting Community–Based Participatory Research at the Institutional Level (Chau Trinh–Shevrin, Nadia Islam, and Mariano Jose Rey).
18. Evaluation (Traci Endo Inouye).
PART FIVE: COLLABORATIVE STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING HEALTH.
19. The Workforce (Marguerite Ro).
20. Community Health Centers (Thomas Tsang, Kevin C. Lo, and Jeffrey Caballero).
21. Health Policy Advocacy (Deeana Jang, and Ho Luong Tran).
PART SIX: EMERGING HEALTH ISSUES AND RESEARCH PRIORITIES.
22. Disability (Peter J. Wong, and Lois M. Takahashi).
23. Oral Health (Kavita P. Ahluwalia).
24. Gambling Addiction (Timothy W. Fong).
25. Genetic Testing and Profiling (Joon–Ho Yu).
Afterword: The Reciprocity of Time.
David T. Takeuchi, Margie Kagawa Singer.
This commentary provides an in–depth and comprehensive contextual understanding of key issues influencing health in Asian American communities. It is a valuable resource addressing health disparities through ecological lenses and multilevel analyses and is congruent with the current movement toward a better understanding of the social determinants of health. The chapters are groundbreaking work of more than 40 leading researchers and community advocates. The book s emphasis on understanding the social, cultural, and political context of the health of Asian Americans is relevant for a wide range of health professionals, social scientists, community advocates, and policy makers. It is also an excellent resource for faculty members and students interested not only in Asian American related issues but also broader issues in vulnerable populations, public health, and social justice.
Health Promotion Practice
The research literature regarding Asian–American health issues remains thin, funding agencies have been little forthcoming, and general understanding has been hampered by stereotypes and misunderstanding. These reasons make the new text Asian American Communities and Health: Context, Research, Policy, and Action a timely and important contributor to the understanding of Asian–American health concerns. The editors have a sophisticated view of Asian–American health issues and they have drawn together a collection of chapters impressive in their scope and depth. As a whole, the book addresses community health on multiple levels, including institutional and social factors affecting health, collaborative efforts for health improvement, and how age, gender, and sexual orientation factor into Asian–American health.
The Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health