"Asian American Communities and Health: Context, Research, Policy, and Action" - A New Textbook on Asian American Health

November 12, 2008

The B Free CEED is proud to announce a new Asian American Health textbook edited by partners from the Center for the Study of Asian American Health, Chau Trinh-Shevrin, Nadia Shilpi Islam, and Mariano Jose Rey, Asian American Communities and Health: Context, Research, Policy, and Action.


Asian American Communities and Health examines the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that contribute to Asian American health disparities. It is one of the few textbooks that addresses Asian American health issues from a public health perspective.


The textbook will be published by Jossey-Bass in Spring 2009. More information on the texbook.


Endorsements of Asian American Communities and Health: Context, Research, Policy, and Action


“Asian American Communities and Health provides a comprehensive examination of the multiple factors that are inextricably linked to the health of this fast growing but poorly understood minority. For all who are committed to social justice in the U.S health care system but had limited exposure to Asian Americans - politicians, policy-makers, program planners, administrators, researchers and service providers - this book is an eye-opener to the plight of Asian Americans and other non-mainstream populations in seeking parity in the system.”


Jane S. Lin-Fu, M.D.

Former Chief, Genetic Services Branch,

Maternal and Child Health Bureau




“This book provides a comprehensive overview of the contextual factors that shape the social, economic, and health outcomes of Asian Americans in the United States.  Unlike other books on the health of immigrant and minority populations, this textbook illustrates the critical role of factors ranging from social capital, migration patterns, culture, acculturation histories, racism and discrimination, and policies on health and health disparities.  More significantly, the textbook provides a detailed and lucid examination of key health issues from more than 40 leading researchers and community advocates in Asian American health, all of whom agree on the need for contextual and multi-level analyses and interventions to reduce health disparities in Asian America populations.  Trinh-Shevrin, Islam, and Rey have made an important contribution to the minority health and health disparities literature.”


Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD

Professor of Social Epidemiology

Chair, Department of Society, Human Development, and Health

Harvard School of Public Health



"There has never been a comprehensive look at Asian American health issues that reflects the diversity and complexity of this under-researched community.  This book affirms the 35 years of experience of Asian Health Services and challenges our health care system to do better." 


Sherry Hirota


Asian Health Services

Oakland, CA



“Asian American Communities and Health is not only for students, scholars, researchers, advocates, and practitioners of public health. This book is evidence of how far Asian American Studies has come since it was established forty years ago as an academic discipline. AAS began (and still is) interdisciplinary with a major goal to empower and serve the community. The essays in the book add the academic discipline of public health to Asian American Studies, while fulfilling the AAS founding principle of directly serving the Asian American community with their research and findings.”


Lorraine Dong, PhD

Professor and Chair

Asian American Studies Department

College of Ethnic Studies

San Francisco State University