At APIOPA, our mission promotes a holistic approach to health for the individual and for our communities. Our health is so much more complex than what society says it needs to be, and we invite you to join us as we educate ourselves about the many facets that make up our health. Recently we have embarked on a project with our friends at Thick Dumpling Skin to better understand the intersections of health, culture, and body image.
The issue of body image and eating disorders have been pervasive within the Asian American community. Unfortunately, there are few resources focused on understanding and challenging these problems due to popular belief in stereotypes and stigma.
Through conversations with our own communities, we want to start a movement that will reframe our understanding of what it means to be “beautiful” and redefine a term that has been shaped largely by social and cultural norms, turned pressure.
We want to center this movement around health and wellness and we want to hear your stories.
APIOPA is partnering with Thick Dumpling Skin for the #idealasianbody social media campaign. Join us in our fight for healthier and stronger Asian American communities!
STEPS TO BE INVOLVED:
We want to hear your response to this question:
WHAT IS THE IDEAL ASIAN BODY?
Hop on your Instagram/Twitter and tell us using #idealasianbody, and tag us @dumplingskin @fightapiobesity
Read your posts on Instagram:
Read your posts on Twitter:
Due to popular belief in stereotypes and stigma around the issue, there are no resources focused on Asian Americans and eating disorders. Common perception about eating disorders have focused on the extreme cases and left many in the dust. Through conversations and focus groups with students on college campuses, it is apparent that eating disorders are prevalent within the Asian Americans community.
There is a cultural divide caught in the intersection of being Asian American in regards of what is considered beautiful. Individuals from focus groups shared sentiments of being pressured to have multiple beauty ideals that often clash. One person had shared that throughout their life, they had never fit in what was considered beautiful, which had resulted in starvation and obsession with body image. “It was either/or. Being healthy doesn’t fit the image.”
Currently to our knowledge, there are few to no resources out there that focuses specifically on Asian Americans and eating disorders. APIOPA, along with the leaders at Thick Dumpling Skin, are bridging this gap by collecting personal stories and finding relevant resources that would support individuals going through eating disorders. By bringing this issue to light, the move towards real sustainable change can occur within the community.
The mission of APIOPA is to build healthier communities for the API families in Los Angeles. Being healthy is much more than just being physically fit. Health is not limited to the physical, but also encompasses mental and spiritual health as well. You can’t tell how healthy a person is by appearance alone. At APIOPA, we promote a holistic approach to health for the individual and for the community. Ignoring the pressing silence of eating disorders within the API community would be a disservice towards them.
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As it stands, there is no organization that provides assistance specifically to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
However, there are still some helpful websites with a wealth of knowledge out there: