Why You Should Care About the Bullying of Asian American Youth

When Wei Chen first immigrated to the US, he was punched in the school hallways and bullied so frequently that he stopped going to school for seven days. “I thought, why is this happening to [me]?” he said. “I even thought about suicide.”

On May 28, we held a panel exploring the impact of bullying on Asian American youth and the ways that we can support affected individuals through anti-bullying education, mental health services, and youth advocacy. Join the conversation by watching the video now:

Video credit: ManSee Kong

Over 50 people from community organizations, schools, corporations, and ethnic media attended to hear Wei Chen and our other expert panelists talk about the short- and long-term impact of violence on mental health and social development, and the steps that we as a community can take to ensure that we address the physical and emotional needs of our youth. Get your copy of the Anti-Bullying & Mental Health Resources and Bullying Basics.

A big thank you to our moderator and panelists for an informative panel discussion: moderator Arthur Chi’en, Newscaster with FOX 5 NY; Wei Chen, Youth Organizer at Asian Americans United; Lily Divino, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center; Deborah Dong, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center; and Harjot Kaur, Community Development Manager at the Sikh Coalition. Read their bios here.

A special thank you to Empire BlueCross BlueShield and W.K. Kellogg Foundation for their generous support of the event.

We would also like to recognize our event partners – Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, The Door, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, and the Sikh Coalition – for joining us in raising awareness of this important issue in the Asian American community.

Read more about the bullying and mental health issues affecting our youth:

2013 NYC Bullying Report
The State of Asian American Children Report

Photos from the Panel