Front row: Elaine Lim, Julie Huynh, Michael Murata,

Back row: Nga Bui, Meredith Maimoni, Karen Yu, Zhimin Xu

Karen Yu

Year: 3rd Year
Major: Public Health; Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies minor
Research: My research is to study the prevalence of smoking among the Asian American population at UC Berkeley. My focus is to determine the stressors that cause smoking initiation in examined student population.
Hobbies/Interests: I am thoroughly invested in the international community of Korean entertainment! You can often find me reporting news for Soompi, a Korean entertainment news portal. I enjoy practicing and learning nail art in my spare time. Coffee, barista work, and tea also fascinate me to no end!

Elaine Lim

Year: 4th Year
Major: Integrative Biology, Asian American Studies minor
Research: My research project is on the prevalence of birth defects like cleft lips and palates of Asian Americans compared to those in Asia. My focus will be on the cultural perspectives and psychosocial affects of Asian cleft lip and palate patients.
Hobbies/Interests: I am a big TV junkie and love doing arts and crafts. I enjoy trying new restaurants and have written over 100 yelp reviews.

Zhimin Xu

Year: 4th Year
Major: Psychology
Research: I am interested in the attitudes of Asian Americans when it comes to using psychological services. I want to find out how these attitudes affect the behavior of seeking psychological help.
Hobbies/Interests: I love to listen to the music, especially Jazz and classical. I also like to scratch and draw when I am in a good mood.

Meredith Maimoni

Year: 2nd Year
Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Immunology Emphasis, and a Music Minor.
Research: The purpose of my research project is to create an understanding for why people in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community have a higher mortality rate following complications during hospitalization. I hope to organize information from different data sources and present the collected information to health care professionals and ask whether they believe the information (as it contradicts the stereotype that AAPI’s have superior health to people of other ethnicities) and inquire as to reasons why they believe this disparity might exist.
Hobbies/Interests: I have varied interests. I love playing the viola and listening to classical music, but I also enjoy playing tennis and sailing (even in cold weather). I love supporting my community by volunteering with the Long Beach Japanese American Community Center.

Nga Bui

Year: 4th Year
Major: Southeast Asian Studies
Research: I’m interested in attitudes towards domestic violence among Vietnamese American women living in the Bay Area.
Hobbies/Interests: Hobbies include sleeping, cooking edible meals, messing up lyrics out loud, and watching (people, animals, plants, you name it). Interests include conscious rap and/or femcee rappers, moving R&B, female empowerment, intersections of race-sex-class, identity, people’s stories, fried chicken, and how to be a better person/family member.

2012 Spring Decal – AAPI Community Health

Spring 2012 class

AAS 98/198

121 Wheeler Hall, Wednesday 7-9 PM

Lecture Schedule

Week Date Lecturer Topics
1 1/25 Julie Huynh, Michael Murata, Marilyn Wong, MD Intro: AAPI health issues and challenges; how historical, social and political forces shape health
2 2/1 Dr. Candice Wong Epidemiology – challenges in AAPI
3 2/8 Kelvin Quan History of AAPI communities
4 2/15 Meredith Maimoni,Dr. Kenny Mok Patient safety
5 2/22 Zhimin Xu,Dr. Lillian Chiang Mental health: college students
6 2/29 Elaine Lim, Pysay Phinith Stigma: Cleft lip and palate, AAPI
7 3/7 Dr. Marilyn Wong Hepatitis B
8 3/14 Dr. Sophy WongDr. Shoshana Arai HIVTB
9 3/21 Karen Yu, NICOS (1) Smoking(2) Problem gambling
11 4/4 Dr. Steven Chen Integrative medicine
12 4/11 Nga Bui, Donna Jung Domestic violence
13 4/18 Dr. Floyd Huen Health Care Reform
14 4/25 Sherilyn Tran Social Change
15 5/2 Julie Huynh, Michael Murata Conclusion, evaluation, party


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Promoting research to improve health in the AAPI communities!