Essay 65: “Reproductive Issues are Essential Survival Issues for the Asian American Communities

April 27, 2012 § 2 Comments

In Essay 65 written by Connie Chan, “Reproductive Issues are Essential Survival Issues for the Asian American Communities” details of the struggles that Asian American women go through when it comes to their health and getting assistance was shown through many examples. For instance, the language barrier of Asian American women is a prohibiting factor. Connie Chan herself is a translator for many women. What I found interesting in this essay is that these women were not given all opportunites such as abortion at the clinic that Connie works at. Is it because of the language barrier that they are not guaranteed those services or is Connie just biased and in fact it could be more of a national womens’ issue that already has to deal with the lack of available abortion services. This is not just an issue that impacts Asian Americans with language barriers. It impacts all women, so this essay just makes me wonder if within Connie Chan’s essay is describing something that is in fact bias favoring Asian American women.

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§ 2 Responses to Essay 65: “Reproductive Issues are Essential Survival Issues for the Asian American Communities

  • taryngerson says:

    I would say that this issue and why Connie Chan was addressing mainly Asian women in it is because she is most familiar with this community. She was speaking about the issue mainly in the Asian community, but then started to see similarities within other communities around the US. I think this essay was really good to read as well because I think a lot of time the Asian communities are overlooked and I don’t see a lot of essays, that are assigned for classes, that are written about their struggles and different issues the women face in the United states. I think that it was interesting that a simple thing such as language could be preventing these women from getting sometimes the right health care that they needed just because there was a language barrier. I enjoyed the essay a lot.

  • nurumu says:

    I agree with taryngerson… She explained these issues because it’s what she was experiencing first hand with these people. I also appreciated the emphasis on Asian American women because of our lack of findings and discussions about their culture and difficulties.

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