According to this article in The Intelligencer, “Breaking down cultural barriers,” there are 14 basic “problem areas or unmet need themes” among Koreans and Indians in the northern Philadelphia area:
- Concerns of the elderly
- Mental health issues
- Domestic violence and child abuse
- Discrimination, lack of power and lack of trust
- Health and medical issues
- Health insurance issues
- Immigration concerns
- Intragroup conflict
- Lack of awareness of community services
- Language issues
- Generational conflict
- Substance abuse and addiction problems
- Transportation problems
The article also highlights top issues that are specific to the Korean and Indian communities:
The three key themes among Koreans were concerns of the elderly, language issues and mental health issues.
The three key themes among Indians were concerns of the elderly, mental health issues and domestic violence issues.
These findings come from interviews cited in a report titled “Koreans and Asian Indians in the North Penn Area”, compiled by Family Services of Montgomery County and funded by the North Penn Community Health Foundation.
Do you find similar needs in your Asian American community? What can be done to better address these issues?