Legacies of War: Asian American Women and War Trauma

TitleLegacies of War: Asian American Women and War Trauma
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsKim-Prieto, Chu, Grace S. Kim, Leilani Salvo Crane, Susana Ming Lowe, Phi Loan Le, and Khanh T. Dinh
JournalWomen & Therapy
Pagination203 - 218
Date Published02/2018

World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cambodian genocide, along with centuries of oppressive and authoritarian rule, have brought experiences of trauma, directly and historically, to the lives of many Asians. Subsequent experiences of migration and resettlement, as well as life in the United States as an ethnic minority, have also compounded the layers of oppression for many Asian Americans. Sexism in our cultures of origin, as well as sexism in the U.S., represents additional realities and traumas faced by Asian American women. In this article, we explore the experiences of war and subsequent traumas in the lives of Asian American women. We present a brief review of the current state of mental health as it relates to the experiences of war trauma, with the goal of providing a crucial contextual backdrop for our review of the best practices in mental health services to Asian American women. We review some of the best practices and conclude with a narrative reflection based on our own involvement in a small professional women’s group that yielded insights, discoveries, healing, and empowerment from the legacy of war trauma. [From the Author]

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