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How Recent Attacks on the AAPI Community Have Impacted Our Anxiety

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The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has a long and difficult history with mental health. Societal perceptions and stereotypes often paint AAPI people as cold, unfeeling and seemingly immune to emotions as a product of a superior intellect.

These are some of the foundations of the “model minority myth,” and though these are issues that are engrained in the society as a whole, they have negative impacts on people in their everyday interactions, relationships and health.

They fuel things like violence and hate crimes against AAPI people, which have skyrocketed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and have recently garnered increased media attention.

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