For this month of Asian American heritage and mental health awareness, we’ve curated a dozen or so popular articles that talk about mental health and Asian Americans, a topic that is rarely talked about.
Kyme Dang shares how writing, music, and creativity has helped her overcome trauma and shame, in order to live a life of freedom and full expression.
Kyme Dang, also known under her artist name Lady Dang, is a performer, songwriter, dream coach, entrepreneur, and overall creative living enthusiast. Currently working on music, you can learn more about her at http://ladydang.world
Dr. Amanda Solomon Amorao chats with co-host Nancy Ly at UCSD between classes and they explore the complexities of understanding identity, historical context and cultural expectations within the Filipino-American community.
About our guest
Dr. Amanda Solomon Amorao received her PhD from the University of California San Diego. Her research specialty is in Filipino American cultural studies and contemporary U.S. multiethnic literature. She has taught classes at UCSD since 2004 in the humanities, literature, ethnic studies, critical gender studies, and first-year writing. In 2017, she was named Director of UCSD’s Dimensions of Culture Program which teaches freshmen students the skills of critical thinking, reading, and writing by exploring questions of diversity, justice, and imagination in U.S. history, culture, and society. When not teaching, Dr. Solomon Amorao is a community organizer, former Executive Director and volunteer with the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program, and mom to Arya Lumaya age 3.
Kuya Ate Mentorship Program https://kampsd.org – KAMP’s mission is to foster an educational program that develops critical thinking skills and primarily focuses on the study of Filipino and Filipino American culture, history, and identity in order to pursue social justice
Yes it is scary to share your struggles and pains with someone for the first time. And what’s surprising is how it can be (part of) the path to healing, for yourself and for others too.
Joie Cheng joins co-hosts DJ Chuang and Nancy Ly, to discuss how we all have struggles in life and the power of erasing shame through sharing our stories with each other.
Joie Cheng is a Patrick Snow certified publishing coach, international best-selling author, TEDx and professional keynote speaker, mentor, healer, circle facilitator, and a trained yoga teacher. She is the best-selling author of The Naked Truth: A Woman’s Journey to Self-Love about her personal journey of healing herself naturally from deep depression and suicidal thoughts through self-love. Joie is the host of the podcast “The Naked Truth Movement” where she interviews guests who are willing to share inspiring stories and be vulnerable so less people feel alone.
What do two Vietnamese-American women have to talk about when they haven’t talked for years? A lot of things, like growing up, defying stereotypes, not becoming a doctor or lawyer, going to community college, intergenerational trauma, dynamics of diversity, friends, relatives, interracial dating, and so much more.
Nellie Tran, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University with the Community-Based Block Multicultural Counseling Program, the Director of Research at the Center for Community Counseling and Engagement, and the Vice President of the Asian American Psychological Association.
Her work focuses on working with communities and agencies to create systems-level changes that reduce the impact of subtle forms of discrimination (i.e., microaggressions) on people of color and women within the workplace, educational, and counseling contexts.
Have you experienced times when it’s hard to talk about what you believe or what you don’t believe, especially when it comes to faith, spirituality, or religion? This can happen when you’re talking with someone of a different faith as well as those with the same faith. What’s up with that?
Co-hosts Nancy Ly and DJ Chuang have an honest conversation about this very personal and very important topic on this episode.
On this episode of Erasing Shame, Nancy Ly interviews Danny Kim about shame and technology.
Danny Kim elevates humanity in the workplace as an Organizational Consultant for Centauric. He is a faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Michelle Yang was a very successful teenager on paper. Michelle was outgoing, earned excellent grades, and worked hard at her immigrant family’s small restaurant. Her constant battle with depression, anxiety and insomnia was less obvious to the world. The stigma against mental health conditions, especially within her family, prevented her from accessing proper help for years.
Finally, while studying abroad during college, she suffered from a serious episode that led to her being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Michelle now wants to break that stigma and encourage others by sharing her own story of how a successful career, a happy family and a good life is more than possible.
From personal experience, she knows why Asian Americans are three times less likely than other people in this country to seek help for mental health. Now, she’s writing a book to advocate for mental health wellness.