For a long duration of time, sociologist Chang-Hwan Kim has looked for characterized lives and experiences of Asian Americans. Other researchers, however, only made fun of Kim and his focus on research. The reason was that Asian Americans look like a group that is, as people call it, successful. The lack of interest in Asian Americans, unfortunately, is not limited to just sociology. They can also be found quite often in other fields, such as medical research. The reason for this exclusion from research is great because of their apparent success.
For this reason, Asians are tied together in one category with white Americans. But to say that Asians are not researched because they are successful doesn’t make strong reasoning, for researchers study both the struggling white Americans and the successful white Americans be able to understand the full range of the group. Yet, for the minority groups, researchers mainly focus on the group that is struggling. A sociologist, Arthur Sakamoto of Texas A&M University in Colledge Station, says, “If you really want to understand the ultimate nature of social problems, you also have to study the contrast. You can’t just study one end of the distribution.” Moreover, Asian Americans do go through challenges as well. One of these challenges that stood out to me was that they are less likely to use the mental health service system, and the reason is not only because they have fewer mental health issues amongst their population.
In January of 2020, a group of researchers reported that amongst a U.S. Sample of 10,494 white and 451 Asian Americans diagnosed with mental health issues, 70% of the White Americans were able to receive mental health treatment while only 35.3% of the Asian population received mental health treatment. I feel that this is very dangerous and unfortunate data to find out that the people who need the help of specialists are not able to meanwhile even if Asian Americans are studied, they are never studied detailed enough to learn and analyze all the extremely interesting populations individually. From this, I wish we could give more attention to this problem and do our best to bring a solution to it as soon as possible.