One of the drives that keep me going is addressing the needs of
the Asian American community, specifically Southeast Asians,
because we have little information about how they became refugees.
This ties directly with human rights at the micro level of
practice—discrimination and how it relates to mental health
in this population is a primary concern.
As I continue to learn community needs, I hope to eventually
create a program that responds to the mental health issues of
refugees and their trauma experiences prior to and post migration,
drawing them to share their struggles on their terms. We’re
going to have a continuous flux of that population; we’re in
for the long haul, so we must have a clear understanding of what we
need to serve this population. We need to have some kind of mental
health program that addresses their needs in a culturally