Noticing a dramatic increase in the rate of teenage suicides in the Asian community, San Francisco Bay is finally gearing up to do something about it. A new parenting workshop on Asian parental expectations is compelling parents to address teenage issues like suicides and student distress in the San Francisco Bay area. The workshop, produced by psychiatrists at Stanford University in Palo Alto, comes in wake of the nine suicides in the city — out of which four youth were Asia
A new workshop that includes vignettes on Asian parental expectations is making its way around the San Francisco Bay Area to good reviews. The Mercury News reports the workshops produced by psychiatrists from Stanford University is especially timely given that four of the last nine suicides of Palo Alto youth were Asian. Not coincidentally, Stanford is located in Palo Alto. “Of course we worry. Why is this happening in our area?” said Ann Xu, who runs the Chinese-Language Par
Asian teens openly joke, lament and mostly endure the intense academic pressure from their families -- the expectation of perfection, and the drive to keep up with the Zhangs and Kumars. Now, propelled by clusters of teen suicides and evidence of student distress, many of their parents are confronting and examining those cultural differences.
In Palo Alto, school and community leaders have convened sensitive conversations to address parenting, expectations and a traditiona