April 23, 1987 |
When South Asian women get in trouble, Anu Rao usually gets a call. When the women show up at the city's domestic-violence programs, Rao is asked to intervene. And when they need city support services, Rao ends up helping. "I get calls from therapists all over the city," she said. Rao, who works at the University of Pennsylvania, never gets paid for those services, which range from translator to therapist. What she does get paid to do, she said, often must be juggled around domestic crises in the area's South Asian community, made up primarily of Indians and Pakistanis.
September 26, 2005 |
Health providers hoping to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer among Asian women are contending with a foe as tenacious as the disease: tradition. National Cancer Institute statistics show that the cancer is five times more common among Vietnamese women than white women because many are reluctant to get tested for this highly preventable disease. Surveys show Asian women have lower cancer screening rates, and a significant number of Korean Americans have never heard of the Pap test - which has decreased cervical cancer deaths by 75 percent in recent years.
July 20, 1994 |
There's so much going on in Bhaji on the Beach, a cross-generational, cross-cultural comedy from director Gurinder Chadha, that it's a wonder the thing doesn't fold in on itself. The story of a group of Asian women from the British Midlands who take a day-trip to the working-class resort of Blackpool, this mostly upbeat movie grapples with issues of racism, sexism, consumerism and community identity crises - as reflected by its busload of characters' personal dilemmas. There's Hashida, a brainy pre-med student who's carrying on a secret affair with an African British man - and now finds herself pregnant and afraid to tell her Punjabi parents.
October 19, 2004 |
Asian and African American women are less likely to be successful with in vitro fertilization than white or Hispanic women, new research shows. The reasons for the disparity are not clear, but the effect of race was as significant as aging on fertility, according to two studies presented yesterday at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine convention in Philadelphia. In other words, a 35-year-old Asian or black woman had the same chance of delivering an IVF baby as a 40-year-old white or Hispanic woman - about 20 percent.
April 5, 1999 |
At age 16, Mun Pil-gi was kidnapped from her village home in Korea and sent to Manchuria to sexually service Japanese troops. For a short while, a Japanese military doctor kept her from the soldiers. But she soon took her place among the other captives - in a cubicle where, each day, she endured dozens of officially sanctioned rapes. By the time World War II brought liberation, she was physically and emotionally debilitated. "I couldn't have babies," she told an interviewer, "because the Japanese ruined my body.
November 26, 1991 |
David Reilly was trying to keep things peaceful the day he was murdered, according to testimony in Municipal Court yesterday. In the early morning hours of Aug. 3, his friends approached a group of 10 Asians in the McCreesh playground in Southwest Philadelphia and started to threaten them, a statement read in court indicated. He wanted his friends to stop. When they didn't, one of the Asians returned with knives and meat cleavers. What happened next is unclear, but three things are certain.
June 9, 1992 |
The Cambodian woman stood in the dark, outside the locked metal doors of the women's shelter, cradling her sleeping baby and holding the hand of her 7- year-old son. She was 24 and alone. After years of abuse at the hands of her husband, she sneaked out of her home without so much as pausing to pack a bag of clothes for her family. Once inside the shelter, a counselor for Women Against Abuse told the woman she could return to her apartment with police to gather her belongings, but she refused.
April 17, 2001 |
The Asian population in Philadelphia tends to be sicker than the city average and less likely to have a regular source of medical care, Dr. Walter Tsou, the city's health commissioner, told a community gathering in Chinatown last night. Tsou told the meeting of about 100 people at Chinese Christian Church on North 10th Street that while they represent only 5 percent of the city's population, Asians account for 23 percent of the 169 tuberculosis cases in the city last year and 24 percent of the hepatitis B cases.
March 24, 2001 |
Mixed marriages, once rare in the United States, are surging, largely because of the numbers of Asians and Hispanics marrying outside their racial and ethnic groups. Nearly 34 years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the last state laws prohibiting mixed-race marriages, such unions now total about 1.5 million - a tenfold increase over 1960. Adding Hispanics who marry outside their ethnic group brings the total of mixed marriages to three million, based on an analysis of recent census survey data.
April 2, 1987 |
Thousands of young Filipino women have come to the United States as "mail order brides" in recent years. Dozens of private agencies exist solely to put American men in touch with Asian women . . . and vice versa. Betty Disto was surely among the most unlucky of mail-order brides. She had corresponded with Gary Heidnick for two years before coming here from the Philippines in 1985 to marry him. Within months, she fled, accusing him of cruelty. And he, of course, has now been arrested for the murder and torture of others.