Published Date: February 29, 2024

Summary: Historically, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities have been viewed as a monolithic group, and a lack of disaggregated data has masked the unique experiences and disparities faced by these communities.

Published jointly by AAPI Data and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, this report aims to spur a more nuanced conversation about mental health among AA and NHPI populations by connecting survey data with community experiences as influenced by cultural nuances, U.S. foreign policy, and intergenerational trauma.

Using data from the 2020–2022 California Health Interview Surveys (CHIS), as well as the California AANHPI Community Needs Survey (a 15-minute follow-on survey for AANHPIs who responded to the 2021 and 2022 CHIS), this report provides a more granular examination of mental health experiences for eight AA and NHPI subgroups: Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, Vietnamese, other Southeast Asian (excluding Vietnamese), Filipino, South Asian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.

The report builds on two prior reports by AAPI Data and CHIS that describe the state of health and mental health of AA and NHPI populations in California. Using results from the CHIS, this report offers insight on the following questions: 

  • What are the cultural and historical factors that shape how AAs and NHPIs access mental health care?
  • What are the mental health experiences among AA and NHPI communities in California?

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