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Handbook of Asian American Health

Yoo, Grace J., Le, Mai-Nhung, Oda, Alan Y. (Eds.)

2013, XVI, 449 p. 3 illus.

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  • Includes key health research studies on Asian American subgroups throughout the US
  • Provides insight into areas of emerging research and future directions
  • Combines analysis of current health problems with prevention and intervention solutions

As a rapidly growing population, America’s Asian community is gaining increased attention from the research and policy sectors. This large, diverse group tends to be viewed as a single entity, yet its subgroups reveal great variety in terms of health, from disease rates and mortality rates to attitudes toward illness and access to care.


The Handbook of Asian American Health makes significant inroads toward rectifying this situation by exploring the unique needs and health concerns of particular subgroups within the Asian American community. It consolidates a wide range of knowledge on various health issues impacting Asian Americans while also providing cogent discussion on cultural, social, and structural forces impacting morbidity, mortality and quality of life. Contributors identify key challenges and emerging trends faced by specific ethnic groups regarding diseases and illnesses, describe innovative community-based interventions, and spotlight research areas that need additional study to further advance the understanding of this dynamic population’s complex health concerns.


Included in the Handbook:


  • Ethnicity and health: perspectives from nine different Asian-American groups.
  • Social determinants of health: culture, acculturation, socioeconomic status, racism, and more.
  • Critical health/mental health concerns facing Asian Americans, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
  • Issues in health care delivery: access, quality, and end-of-life care.
  • Social advocacy, health, and the Asian-American community.
  • Complementary and alternative medicine use.


The Handbook of Asian American Health breaks new ground for policymakers, social workers, researchers, and academics specializing in Asian-American issues, as well as immigration specialists and health care workers. 

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Alternative or Complimentary Medicine (CAM) - Chinese American - Health Disparities - Health Promotion - Japanese American - Korean American - Minority Health - Social Intervention - Sociology of Health

Related subjects » Public Health - Social Sciences

Table of contents 


Section I: Ethnicity and Health

Chapter 1    Ethnicity and Health by Fang Gong and David T.  Takeuchi

Chapter 2    Critical Issues Impacting Asian Indian Americans  by Ranjita Misra

Chapter 3   Chinese Americans and Health: The Impact of Culture on Disease Prevention and Management by Angela Sun

Chapter  4   The Health of Filipino/a Americans: Challenges and Opportunities for Change by Richard Sean Magbual and Roderick Raña Daus-Magbual,

Chapter 5   Japanese Americans: Current Health Issues and Directions for Future Research by Tazuko Shibusawa

Chapter 6   Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Health in the Korean American Community  by Grace J. Yoo and Sachiko Wood

Chapter  7   Social and Cultural Influences on the Health of the Vietnamese American Population Vietnamese Americans  by Mai Nhung Le and Tu-Uyen Nguyen

Chapter 8 Emergin  South Asian Americans and Health by Shilpa Patel and Nadia  Islam

Chapter  9  Southeast Asian American Health: Sociohistorical and Cultural Perspectives  by Khatharya Um

Chapter 10 Mixed Asian Americans and Health: Navigating Uncharted Waters  by  Cathy J. Tashiro

Section II:   Social Determinants of Health

Chapter 11   Acculturation and Culture: A Critical Factor for Asian Americans' Health  by Yijie Wang and Su Yeong Kim

Chapter 12    Asian Americans and Racism: Mental Health and Health Consequences by Alvin N. Alvarez and Jayoung Shin

Chapter 13    Asian Americans, Socioeconomic Status, and Health: Current Findings and Future Concerns  by Wei Zhang

Section III:  Critical Health Issues Facing Asian Americans

Chapter 14 Perceptions and Culturally Responsive Care of Asian Americans with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias by Linda  A. Gerdner and Gwen Yeo

Chapter 15 Cancer: An Ongoing Rish for Asian American Communities by Giang T. Nguyen

Chapter 16 Heterogeneity in Cardiovascular Health among Asian American subgroups: Risk Factors, Outcomes, Treatment and Prevention, and Future Research Opportunities by Ariel T. Holland and  Latha P. Palaniappan

Chapter 17 Diabetes: A Growing Concern in the Asian American Community by Ranjita Misra

Chapter 18 Obesity and Asian Americans: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Future Research Directions  by May C. Wang

Chapter 19 Hepatitis B and Asian Americans by Tung T. Nguyen, Vicky Taylor,  Annette Maxwell, Moon S. Chen Jr., Roshan Bastani, and Susan Stewart

Chapter 20 Severe Mental Illness in Asian Americans: Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder by Russell F. Lim and Francis G. Liu

Chapter 21    Asian American Violence: Scope, Context, and Implications by Deborah A. Goebert,  Thao N. Le, and  Jeanelle J. Sugimoto-Matsuda

Section IV: Health Care Delivery

Chapter 22  Falling through the Cracks: Models, Barriers, and the Future of Health Care Access for Asian Americans Access by Stephen Vong and Ricky Choi

Chapter 23  Quality of Health Care for Asian Americans by Dara H Sorkin, Heather Ngai, and Quyen Ngo-Metzger

Chapter 24   Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use in Asian Americans: Is Integrative Medicine the Ticket into the US Healthcare System by Isha Weerasinghe, Lixin Zhang, and Simona C. Kwon

Chapter 25   A Passage to a Good Death: End of Life Care for  Asian Americans by Evaon Wong-Kim and Nancy J. Burke

Section V: Social Movements, Health and the Asian American Community

Chapter 26    Early Chinese Immigrants Organizing for Healthcare: The Establishment of the Chinese Hospital of San Francisco: by Laureen D. Hom

Chapter 27  Lives Were Saved: The Asian American Donor Program by Jonathan Leong, Kira Donnell, and Emily Avera

Chapter 28   HIV/AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States by Don Operario, Judy Tan, and Caroline Kuo

Chapter 29  Evolution of an Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Cancer Advocacy Movement: Heroes Among Us by Susan Matsuko Shinagawa and Alan Oda

Chapter 30 The Versailles Social Movement and Implications for Asian American Environmental Health in Post- Katrina New Orleans by Maureen Lichtveld and Vy Dao

Chapter 31 The Role of Asian Americans in Ending Hepatitis B by Ted Fang and Jason Liu

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