kristina wong, asian american women and depression

Check out today's lead story from PBS' Need to Know on depression and high rates of suicide among Asian American women -- the highest, actually, among women between ages 15 and 24: Among Asian-American women, a little known battle with depression.

I know I've covered this topic before, and the issue got some attention when the University of Washington study came out last year, but this article provides a little more context, interviewing performance artist Kristina Wong about Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, her one-woman show aimed at helping Asian American women with depression:

The inspiration for the show, "Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," occurred during a 2005 trip to Wellesley College, an all-woman campus. She was walking around the picturesque campus lake with a group of Asian-American students when the conversation turned to the topic of suicide attempts.

"I had remembered reading that Asian-American women had some of the highest rates of depression and suicide," said Wong. "It felt so impossible that something so sick could be happening to women so perfect. Yet simultaneously, I think part of me instinctively understood why."
Read the rest of the article here. Also please read this post written last year by Disgrasian's Jen Wang. And for more information about Kristina Wong and Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, go to her website here.

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