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The Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH) includes prominent researchers, community leaders, and clinicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Center will maintain an open and collaborative environment to carry out the vision, which is to be a leader in Asian American health research to promote health and health equity in partnership with Asian American communities.

Tung Nguyen, MD, ARCH Director
Janice Tsoh, PhD, ARCH Co-Director

News


  • Statement by the Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH), San Francisco, California, www.asianarch.org

    Together, we remember:

    • In Atlanta area: Hyun Jung Grant, age 51; Soon Park, age 74; Suncha Kim, age 69; Yong Yue, age 63; Xiaojie Tan, age 49; Daoyou Fen, age 44
    • In the Bay Area: Pak Ho, age 75; Vicha Ratanapakdee, age 84
    • In Arizona: Juanito Falcon, age 74
    • Those killed by police: Christian Hall, age 19; Angelo Quinto, age 30

    We, members of the Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH) are heartbroken and angry at the deadly violence that occurred in Georgia on March 16, 2021. Equally troubling is the response by government officials that are supposed to serve and protect -- quickly dismissing the event as racially motivated, surmising that the shooter was “having a bad day.” We mourn the 8 individuals who were killed, 6 of whom are Asian immigrant women. We are alarmed and saddened by the escalating anti-Asian violence that is occurring in our nation, while also acknowledging that anti-Asian racism and misogyny is not something new.

    White supremacy and racism have been part of U.S. history since its occupation from Native Americans in 1492. Asian Americans have dealt with hate and violence for the last 150 years in the U.S. Asian Americans have been used as scapegoats for larger systematic failures in times of crisis -- economic downfalls, wars, and most recently the pandemic. In 1875, the Page Act was enacted that specifically prohibited Chinese women from immigrating to the U.S. and deemed them as immoral. The 1877 riot in San Francisco was a 3-day organized massacre waged against Chinese immigrants. In 1907, San Francisco would witness again anti-Asian violence by those who wanted to continue with exclusion and segregation in San Francisco schools. In 1930, white men attacked Filipino men in dance halls in Watsonville, CA which became known as the Watsonville riots. Japanese Americans were unlawfully incarcerated and Japantowns were looted and decimated. Throughout history, stereotypes of Asians as the spreaders of illness and disease, perpetual foreigners, model minorities, and exoticized sexual objects have been used to perpetuate unconscious bias, hate, violence, exclusion and marginalization.

    Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we too have experienced anti-Asian hate. In our discussions with students, patients, healthcare clinicians, neighbors, and community members, we have heard about their encounters with anti-Asian racism. We have heard of Asian elders who fear for their safety. A recent report from Stop AAPI Hate found that Asian women are disproportionately affected by reported violence towards Asian Americans, constituting 68% of the incidents. Asian-owned businesses have been vandalized. As healthcare researchers and clinicians, it would be remiss of us to not acknowledge the debilitating effect of prolonged and sustained discrimination in the form of racism and misogyny. Its harmful effects to our overall health and well-being have been found to be associated with depression, poor sleep, substance use, and cardiovascular-related effects; even fundamental changes in our very own genetic makeup with the shortening of telomeres. Evidently, anti-Asian hate is killing us in a variety of ways.

    Moving forward we recognize the need to create proactive and sustainable changes to prevent hate not just targeting Asian Americans, particularly Asian American women and elders, but also Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color and other gender minorities. We need to acknowledge the complexities and intersectionalities that lead to these acts of violence. We need continual education, community support and elimination of structural barriers that enable or support racism. Unfortunately, as society is increasingly acknowledging, Asian Americans are not immune to race-based violence, and these acts are further exacerbated by intersectional discrimination leaving immigrant, elderly and female Asian Americans especially vulnerable.

    Asian Americans are ignored, or often glossed over as the model minority even by those institutions who are supposed to serve, protect and represent us. Asian Americans health research is the least likely to get funded by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health. As faculty and researchers, we do this important difficult work because of our commitment to our communities. However, to be sustainable, this work requires institutional support that makes visible Asian American experiences, not just today, but regularly and always. We also need researchers, government agencies, and policymakers to recognize the heterogeneity of the Asian American population and practice the active outreach to Asian American communities to enact data disaggregation which will help us identify inequities in the Asian American population. We recognize all of the unpaid and often unseen labor that Asian Americans and Asian American community-based organizations and social services on the frontlines do each day to help the most vulnerable members of the Asian American community including the immigrant, working- class and undocumented. And there’s even more we can do together.

    Asian American Research Center on Health (ARCH) is an organization made up of researchers, community leaders, and clinicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. Formed in 2013, ARCH works to promote health research to promote health and health equity in partnership with Asian American communities. www.asianarch.org Asian American Community Meetings
    Please practice safe COVID protocols. This is a socially distant in person event. Wear a mask and stand 6 ft apart from others. Bring your own hand sanitizer. Stay at home if you are not feeling well.
    Asian American Community Resources

  • Stop AAPI Hate https://stopaapihate.org
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice https://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org/

Additional News


  • Arnab Mukherjea, DrPH, MPH has been officially named Chair of the Department of Health Sciences at CSU East Bay, effective Fall 2021. Congratulations!
  • Jamie Chang, PhD awarded 2020 Distinguished Scholarly Paper Award, American Sociological Association. Paper title "Factors Contributing to opioid overdoses from the perspective of people who inject drugs in San Francisco, CA"

Grants


Arnab Mukherjea
  • Van Park, UCSF and Stanford researchers, along with community partners received a $4.8 Million Pilot Grant for a multi-site study on genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease in Asian Americans and Asian Canadians.
    • Project title “Asian Cohort for Alzheimer’s Disease (ACAD). For San Francisco Bay Area region, the project will be lead by UCSF and Stanford researchers. For more information: http://www.acadstudy.org
Van Ta Park
  • Grace J. Yoo awarded a Department of Education AANAPISI Grant.
    • Grant title "Responsive Education for Access, Community, and Hope (REACH)". The objective of the grant is to improve and expand the institution’s capacity to eliminate an equity gap in college access, persistence, and completion. Responsive Education for Access, Community, and Hope (REACH) is a comprehensive set of culturally responsive and equity-minded access, awareness, and financial literacy strategies designed to improve college access, persistence, and completion of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and low-income (LI) students.
Grace Yoo

Publications


  • Young et al. has a forthcoming open peer commentary in the January edition of the American Journal of Bioethics. It is titled, The Invisibility of Asian Americans in COVID-19 data, reporting and relief. Peer commentary on “Structural racism in the COVID-19 pandemic: Moving forward,” M. Sabatello, et al.

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