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 traditionally taboo topic -- mental illness. Four of the last nine Palo Alto youths to kill themselves were Asian.
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