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Articles > Grouping all Asians together could be bad for their health

May 6, 2010
by Paul Kleyman

The Northwest Asian Weekly

Asian Americans as a whole are half as likely as non-Hispanic whites to die from heart disease. However, Native Hawaiians are 40 percent more likely to suffer from heart disease than whites. That’s just one example of a crucial detail that gets lost when all Asians are statistically blended into the category of “Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA/NHPI).”

The May 2010 issue of the American Journal of Public Health is devoted to health concerns for AA/NHPI populations. The issue is being hailed as a milestone for showing that bundling statistics for all Asians projects, according to a University of Toronto study, is an “inaccurate and misleading” picture, which “fails to identify particularly vulnerable groups.”

“We’re constantly being lumped together as the ‘model minority’ that has fewer health problems than other groups,” explained Marguerite J. Ro, deputy director of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) in San Francisco.

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