A Psychological Lifeline for Asian American Teens

Sep. 11, 2013 / By



New America Media, News Feature, Katherine Kam, Posted: Sep 10, 2013

Photo (above): Students walk through the quad at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California. // photo by Jeremy Le


Editor’s Note: The following article is part two of a three-part series on Asian American mental health.

On a cold, clear Sunday evening in March, Hung Wei sits in the living room of her home in Cupertino, a prosperous Silicon Valley suburb, surrounded by a dozen high school students. The teens, almost all Asian American, gather around a circular glass coffee table graced with brightly colored figurines.

Two girls of Indian descent are seated on the couch. An Indian-American boy and several girls and boys of East Asian heritage sprawl across the carpet. In their midst, Wei, 57, a mother and local school board member, wears a maroon shirt with the word Verdadera in flowing script across the front, Spanish for “truthfully.” 

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