Suicidal tendancy among Asian American women is on the rise. And the reason is tied to high parental expectations. AA children face tremendous pressure from parents academic and financial success and kids being pushed over the edge. See a report on CNN and video here.
The sobering statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services confirms it. 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.
I have written in the past how model minority myth does more harm than good. Globally children of immigrants face tremendous pressure to succeed academically and professionaly. Second geneation have a marginalized existence and their dilemma often does not recieve adequate support from the community. The recent Virginia Tech incident further exposed the complex nature of AA second generation mind.
One another reason that particularly plays out in Indian American community for children to consider suicide is regarding marriage. With strong stereotypical views against outmarriages (though interracial or inter faith marriages is highest among them) and gender ratio being skewed against marriageable women, many have shown suicidal tendencies.
Youth workers and pastors in the Asian American communities need to engage theological and culturally the issue of success and achievement orientation. We got to bring out some of these growing crisese in the community and develop creative solutions.