Couseling Asian Immigrants

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Counseling Asian Immigrants

Demographic review
According to U.S. Census Bureau, the term Asian refers to those having origins of the native people of the Far East, Southeast Asia, and Indian subcontinent (U.S. Census Bureau, 2004b). Pacific Islander is another common term which refers to those having origins of Hawaii, Samoa, Guam, or other Pacific Islands. In the U.S, Asian American a more acceptable term, which is represented by more than 43 different ethnic groups of people originated from different geographic areas.
The Chinese immigrants were among the first Asians who came to the U.S. in the 1850s, followed by Japanese, Koreans, and Filipinos. Asian immigrants build the transcontinental railroad, work in the gold mines, and in the sugar plantations. Vietnamese and other Southeast Asians came in the late 1970s, after the Vietnam War (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2001).
Discrimination and Racism
Throughout history, Asian Americans have been exposed to discrimination and racism. According to Sue and Sue (2013), most adult Americans, based on survey about Chinese Americans, believe that Chinese Americans would be more loyal to China than to the United States; half of the people surveyed believe that Chinese Americans would pass secret information to China, 25% of the sample would disapprove someone in their family to marry an Asian American, and 17% would be distress if Asian Americans moved into their neighborhood. On July17, 2009, California legislature approved a bill, to apologize to the state’s Chinese American community for racist laws enacted as far back as 1849 (Liu, 2009). Nevertheless, Asian immigrants are still struggling with racism and discrimination issues.

Success Myth

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...o take into consideration her culture, gender and age. Her cultural background and her age would suggest she would hold more traditional Chinese cultural believes and values than a younger person of Chinese descent. Asian immigrants tend to define their presenting problems in concrete terms, and they expect the counselor, being an expert, to provide them with solutions. Thus, a counselor I needed to carefully balance my attempts to identify the problem while appearing to respect the client’s cultural background in a similar manner. The goal of the therapy was to achieve symptom relief from anxiety through seven sessions of CBT. In addition to CBT, due to anxiety reaction, I introduced Mr. Young to breathing exercises to help to control her breathing. Finally, I provided Mr. Young with several sources of information to help her understand the nature of her problem.

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