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Aug 10, 2017

Generally, all suicide prevention advocates want to normalize the subject of suicide so that people who are feeling suicidal or have lost a loved one to suicide feel safe talking about it with others. Mass media and entertainment (like television shows and movies) can be conversation starters, with one exception: Suicide prevention organizations want the media to address the topic of suicide in a way that promotes suicide prevention. This is why so many suicide prevention organizations have a problem with Netflix’s show 13 Reasons Why.

Although the show was addic... read more

Jun 29, 2017

“In Korea, there is no such thing as mental health. One is seen as 'weak' if they have a mental health issue. People with mental health issues are seen as ‘crazy’ and the issue is something that must be overcome. It is often seen as a lack of faith in Christ.” My interviewee, Jin-Hee, is a Korean-American mental health professional in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Born to Korean parents, she was raised in a traditional Korean church community. Given that depression is perceived as a sign of personal weakness, according to Jin-Hee, it is not seen as a clinical issue in Korea.... read more

Jun 21, 2017

Repeated threats, physical or verbal attacks, rumors, and exclusion all fall into the category of bullying. Unfortunately, in recent years, bullying has become prevalent at college campuses, and according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, approximately 20% of all students reported being bullied in 2016.

Bullying is considered a type of psychological, as well as physical harassment that is linked to various mental health challenges, and in more serious cases, even suicide. While the relationship between suicide and bullying is not one of a cause and an effect, ther... read more

Jun 06, 2017

A formal portrait of Sok-ki and his mother. Photo courtesy Chris Juergens.

 
While roasting pork belly and kimchi accompanied by the ubiquitous Korean liquor soju, my friend Sok-Ki’s widowed mother called him to see when he would be home. In the most respectful Korean (Korean has multiple distinct levels of speech, determined by the context and with whom you are speaking), he said “Yes, mom, I won’t be too late. Yes, is there anything you need... read more
May 16, 2017

Thirty-six-year old Lee Kyoung-ja married 39 year-old Cho Hyuk-jin — both natives of South Korea — in the fall of 2015. They relocated to Vietnam a few months later without a concrete plan for work. On the surface, their decision was shocking. Kyoung-ja, my close friend from my four years living in Korea and the MC at my wedding, was a voice actress. She had consistent, well-paid work, and her new husband was a successful television commercial producer at Samsung.

Both Kyoung-ja and her husband Hyuk-jin were able to fulfill both their parents’ and Korean society's expectations of... read more

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