Racist rhetoric has led to violence and trauma for Asian Americans.

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Our hearts weep as we read about yet another “seemingly unprovoked” violent and deadly attack against Asian American people. Atlanta shooting: 8 dead, most victims Asian. These murders came amid a horrific surge of Anti-Asian American violence in the United States since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While these numbers are rising and likely even higher than are being reported, prior to these very recent horrific murders in Atlanta, the public response has not appeared to adequately match the gravity of this problem.

One recent study found that over 40% of Americans self-reported that they had discriminated against people…

Even women who haven’t personally experienced acute trauma may struggle with feelings of hypervigilance and anxiety.

A Black woman looks up pensively in a white background.
A Black woman looks up pensively in a white background.
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Many of us hear the word “trauma” and think of a soldier returning home from war, or a car accident. In reality, trauma is a more common experience than many suspect — indeed, approximately 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event in their lifetime.

When we think about trauma as discrete events, we are referring to acute (or simple) trauma: a single traumatic event that occurs in someone’s lifetime, like being the victim of a violent crime or a natural disaster. But trauma can take other forms, too.

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The Research Speaks

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Intro: Historical Context

You may have recently heard about what at first may seem like radical proposals from some police brutality activists, including initiatives to defund and for some, completely abolish the police. These calls to action have been around for a long time, however have reached public attention as a result of the recent global protests against police brutality. In order to form an informed opinion about these proposals, it may be helpful for some (who haven’t experienced police violence firsthand) to reframe the way we understand how policing is experienced in certain communities. …

We Always Are. But Especially Now Amid COVID-19

Some of my research pertains to health disparities among people of color; especially black people, who suffer disproportionately from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes as compared to their white counterparts. That’s why I sadly wasn’t surprised when I saw that while 30% of the population of Chicago is black, black people have comprised over 70% of coronavirus-related deaths in the city. And this isn’t the only city where we see this happening. It is devastating. So… why is this happening so pervasively? …

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I grew up really owning the mantra, “Always be yourself”. I was my goofy, happy, loud, chatty self all through high school, where boys would playfully bet me $1 that I couldn’t not laugh for 5 minutes (I never won). I continued to fearlessly own my self all through college, where I met hundreds of amazing people and got involved in as many activities as I could. Being unapologetically me always came naturally.

After college, around the time I began my graduate program, my mentality changed from super confident to … not so super confident. As a university senior in…

An Existential Perspective

One evening, a young man I’ve never met put on an old shirt belonging to his father who passed away when he was a baby. The young man planned to wear the old shirt on a date with his mother, who teared up once she saw it. He gave her a big, heartfelt hug. I can tell you about this seemingly private moment because it actually wasn’t so private. He held his camera phone to his mother’s face as her emotions welled up, then held the phone in “selfie mode” as he pulled her in for a hug. …

How my thesis helped me come to this realization

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Note: “Ivory Tower” here is referring to academic and research institutions. My personal experience is with social science research.

First, some context.

In 2016, Black adults and children were still getting murdered by cops with no justice. I was getting ready to graduate from college, and I made a vow to pursue my PhD immediately so that I could conduct research to….change police policy? Shed light on institutional racism in the criminal justice system?? Provide insight into the plight of Black people in this country??? To be honest, I didn’t really know. …

Stephanie Yee

Young Black lady therapist in Washington, DC. Lover of all things psychology, hip hop, and intersectional justice.

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