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4 mental health issues Asian Americans face — and how to overcome them

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As a child, former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, seen here in 2004, spent two years of his life in a World War II internment camp after the Pearl Harbor attack. Al Messerschmidt/WireImage hide caption

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Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Erin Wilcox, left, and Coalition for TJ co-founder Asra Nomani speak outside the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., on Friday, March 11, 2022, after a judge ruled in their favor in a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in admissions policies at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. AP photo hide caption

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Rachel Sklar, an environmental epidemiologist and postdoctoral scholar is seen at the San Quentin State Prison in California, collecting data on COVID-19 transmission in the state's prison population. Sklar, who is of Filipino descent, says she has been denied an academic opportunity because some institutions do not consider her to be from a racial group that is underrepresented in STEM. Rachel Sklar hide caption

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U.S. gymnast Sunisa Lee took home a bronze medal for her performance on the uneven bars at the Tokyo Olympics, as well as a gold medal in the women's all-around. Ashley Landis/AP hide caption

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Bao Nguyen's older sister Giang Nguyen (left) and his mother Mai Tran (center) stand with Laurie Lemel, the vice director of Jewish Council Services of Madison, Wis., who greeted them at airport arrival in October 1979 after Nguyen's family spent six months in a Hong Kong refugee camp. Bao Nguyen hide caption

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New crowdfunding efforts are helping to pay for trips from taxis and ride-hailing apps for Asian American Pacific Islander community members who don't feel safe walking in cities such as New York and San Francisco. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Top: Owner and instructor Edmon Muradyan, 46, instructs Jae Chung, 49, and Anthony Refuerzo, 61, during a firearms training course organized by Asian Americans for Asian Americans at the Marshall Security Training Academy & Range in Compton, Calif. Bottom left: Bullet casings in the shooting range. Bottom right: A participant shows her paper target after her first time at a shooting range. Jane Hahn for NPR hide caption

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As Asian Americans Seek Safety From A Rise In Attacks, Some Look To Guns

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Yuri Kochiyama speaks at an anti-war demonstration in New York City's Central Park around 1968. Courtesy of the Kochiyama family/UCLA Asian American Studies Center hide caption

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Flowers and signs adorn Gold Spa in Atlanta during a demonstration on Thursday opposing violence against women and Asians following this week's deadly shootings in the area. Megan Varner/Getty Images hide caption

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A sign posted in San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood on March 8 encourages people to call a police tip line if they witness a crime. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Asian Americans Experience 'Far More' Hate Incidents Than Numbers Indicate

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Voters wave Biden-Harris campaign signs at the entrance to a polling station in Gwinnett County, Ga., on Nov 3. Gwinnett is one of the five Atlanta metro counties that saw a dramatic increase in turnout among Asian American and Pacific Island voters this year. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images hide caption

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Asian American And Pacific Islander Turnout Helped Hand Biden Georgia

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Vice president-elect Kamala Harris, front center, with, from left, her grandfather, sister, mother and grandmother in 1972. Twitter/ @mayaharris_ hide caption

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A man passes by a closed restaurant in New York City's Chinatown on Aug. 10, 2020. The unemployment rate for Asian Americans has surged amid the pandemic, a trend that has been overlooked amid the widespread economic misery. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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'Overlooked': Asian American Jobless Rate Surges But Few Take Notice

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Asian-American students applying to college are closely watching a lawsuit alleging that Harvard University discriminates against Asian-American students in admissions. Scott Eisen/Getty Images hide caption

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As College Apps Are Due, Asian-American High Schoolers Consider Affirmative Action

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Tam and Sonny Nguyen, Vietnamese-American business owners in the Orange County neighborhood of Little Saigon, say they see a "stark difference" between the generations not just in their politics, but in how they do business. Chris Bentley/Here & Now hide caption

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