My current interest is in evaluating and researching gambling
and drinking issues among Asian immigrant elders. We don’t
have any information about this population; with the model minority
myth being prevalent in this society, many do not want to
acknowledge these addiction problems. It is a human rights issue,
though, because this is a marginalized population who needs help.
They are experiencing difficulties and we should be able to provide
services that they need; if we don’t have any research
results showing that they actually need something, we won't be able
to do that. People think that when refugees come here, we are
serving them. They can contribute a lot, though, if we give them
the right environment and support. Additionally, there is an
exciting potential of formalizing this synergy of interest among
faculty in the area of immigrants and refugees, which would benefit
our reach, our community and our school.