Knowing that Asian American history is deeply intertwined with this country’s development, it felt like our contributions did not matter when that man verbally attacked us.
That got my friend and me, both Asian American medical students thinking: Are Asian Americans misrepresented and experiencing disparities within our health care system, too?
Health disparity is a term that refers to the differences in medical resources and health outcomes experienced by social groups.
By generalizing the whole Asian American community using a few successful examples, Asian American folks in need are inevitably overlooked.
Even seemingly positive stereotypes can cause us to overlook the diversity within a group and cause patients to suffer.