breakdown of the middle ground.

Mental Asian Persuasion

In an earlier post the high number (low percentage in the grand scheme of things though) of Americans apart of a mixed raced background was discussed. And I’m very curious why then is there so little research on mixed race attributes. This population is very under reported in many areas of research; which is interesting because of the nature of this rapidly increasing demographic.

Recently UC-Davis preformed a nationwide study, the first actually, geared directly at biracial individuals. The study was conducted by analyzing data taken from a 2002-2003 National Latino and Asian American Study which surveyed over 2,000 Asians. Asian and Caucasian are the largest Asian biracial population in American; survey members included Chinese-Caucasian, Filipino-Caucasian, Japanese-Caucasian and Vietnamese-Caucasian. The findings have been reported to the American Psychological Association Convention, and are this: Asian Americans are twice as likely as monoracial Asian Americans to be diagnosed with a psychological disorder. At this time further research will include possible effects including racial identification and cultural experiences or discrimination.

This is very interesting. I wonder if and when other studies are done what the relation to other will yield. With the common factor being Asian and Caucasian, I wonder what the odds are when it’s Asian and other races or Caucasian and other races. The same way studies show that African women are more likely to be HIV positive…hmmm…

–Maddie Banks


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