For a long time, the “model minority” myth has been used to drive a wedge between Asian American and Black communities by perpetuating the idea that all non-white Americans can be academically and financially successful if they just work harder. It blames those who cannot independently overcome insurmountable barriers for falling short of their potential.
During roll call, teachers would always pause at my name. Jessica…? I would raise my hand to relieve them of awkward attempts at pronouncing my last name.
When patients consider the cost of health care, it goes far beyond the cost of seeing a provider, paying for prescriptions, and getting tests or procedures.
Like a healthy body, having healthy teeth is determined by many factors, such as insurance, access to care, and the environment in which we live and work.
The first time I saw someone that looked like me on TV was the Yellow Power Ranger. Without a doubt, there’s a problem of representation in the media.