Agnes is a freelance journalist and social media coordinator. She is a regular contributor to NBC Asian America where she writes about a number of issues, including deportations in the Southeast Asian community. She also contributes to and previously worked for Asian Journal. Agnes currently serves as secretary for the Los Angeles chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.


This is the third story in a three-part TimesOC series “Improving Healthcare Access for Cambodians and Vietnamese,” supported by the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism 2020 California Fellowship.

The need for mental health services in the Vietnamese community is high, but there’s a strong stigma attached to mental health in the community, and members aren’t always able to access the type of services they need.