Thursday, May 17, 2007


You can't ignore the statistics:
• Asian-American women ages 15-24 have the highest suicide rate of women in any race or ethnic group in that age group
• Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for Asian-American women in that age range

CSU Fullerton professor Eliza Noh, moved by the suicide of her sister, seeks to uncover the reasons behind the alarming suicide rate among Asian American women. "My sister had a really low self-image. She thought of herself as ugly," she says. "We grew up in Houston in the '70s and '80s, and at that time in school there were very few Asian faces. The standard of beauty she wanted to emulate was white women." Noh's sister had surgery to look more European.

The story goes on to discuss the problems of the "model minority" theory and family/cultural pressures on girls. Suicide is a complex issue that leaves those left behind wondering "Why?" Perhaps in Noh's sister's case, you can't underestimate the feeling of self-hatred, which I can relate to as a person of color.

My family was touched by suicide once. I can't remember exactly what year or why, but I remember when and how: Mother's Day with a hair dryer in the tub. We never talked about it then nor have we ever. Maybe that's the problem with suicide is that it's swept under and hidden.

What can we do?

Sunday, May 06, 2007


Ten years ago, three UC Berkeley students created Hardboiled Newsmagazine as a proactive reaction to the lack diverse views and incessant attacks on diversity programs and legislations in and around Berkeley and California. While we envisioned it as an Asian Pacific American vehicle, our goal was to create a forum for students and the community to share ideas, discuss view points, and raise awareness. It was launched in October of 1997.

Ten years later, Hardboiled Newsmagazine is now ten years old. To commemorate this achievement the current editors spotlighted the first ten years. You can download the entire PDF version here. Enjoy!

Hardboiled @ 10