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Traumatic Experiences and Mental/Emotional Health

Traumatic Experiences and Mental/Emotional Health

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Trauma and loss, even experienced via narratives, are powerful and can return with new effects in the most unexpected moments. They have direct impact on  the lives and mental health of the people who lived them. Employing oral history and community participation, I aim to bring awareness about mental health issues connected to traumatic experiences of Vietnamese Americans. Mental health is a less-discussed topic in the Vietnamese American community, and this Project will facilitate self-assessment via life history narratives.

The three stories I will write for this Project focus on the discourses and perspectives of women. This focus is owed to the fact that women voices are still understudied and neglected in this topic. As a female scholar and writer, I trust that I am in a unique position to help draw out the deep-running currents from memories of trauma for the women featured. This first step of recalling/recounting will set the pace for healing and emotional wellness.


The nation’s overdose epidemic has entered a devastating new phase. Drugs laced with fentanyl and even more poisonous synthetics have flooded the streets, as the crisis spreads well beyond the rural, largely white communities that initially drew attention. The death rate is escalating twice as fast among Black people than among white people. This webinar will give journalists deep insights, fresh story ideas and practical tips for covering an epidemic that killed more than 107,000 people in the U.S. last year. Sign-up here!


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