In the San Francisco Bay Area there are 1.5 million Asian Americans. The success many Asians have found in the business community and in higher education have misled people into thinking that Asians have no needs. In fact, there are as many Asian children who grow up in poverty as in the general population. In special areas such as mental health, primary health care, domestic violence, and navigating the public school system, Asians face unique challenges that typically receive no public attention in the mainstream media.
The Fund has taken on selected public information projects to address some of these needs. Often we have found partners who support or are directly involved in the development of the project, and we have sometimes aligned our grants to community based organizations to further our public education goals.
The specific Asian needs that our public information projects address are: depression among Asian elderly women, childhood obesity, earthquake preparedness and recovery, and Asian American heritage.