ERIC Number: ED198233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Chinatown: Recording Reality; Dispelling Myths.
This paper reports the results of an interview survey of 108 Chinese American residents of San Francisco, California's Chinatown. Subjects' attitudes were examined in six areas: quality of life, environment, physical health, mental health, psychological attitudes, and employment. Chinatown residents were found to be two to three times more dissatisfied with the quality of their lives than are Americans in general. Ninety percent of those Chinese surveyed reported that crowding has harmful effects on them and nearly half want to leave Chinatown. In terms of physical health, 82 percent indicated that they had seen a doctor in the past year. In addition, most Chinese reported that they still prefer Chinese doctors to Caucasian doctors. Regarding their mental health, 57 percent of those surveyed reported feeling depressed at least some of the time, though 74 percent were uninformed about existing mental health services. Nearly all respondents believed that Chinese must perform better than whites to get ahead. Regarding employment, low occupational pride and prestige characterized many of the jobs held by Chinatown residents. Language was indicated as a major barrier to better jobs by nearly all workers. (Author/APM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Center for Studies of Metropolitan Problems.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California (San Francisco)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Montreal, Canada, September 1, 1980); the Conference for Chinese American Studies (San Francisco, CA, October 9, 1980); and the Asian American Pacific Islanders Conference (Seattle, WA, November 9, 1980).