By Mahlon Meyer
Northwest Asian Weekly 

There's a lot more to skin health than meets the eye-Especially for AAPI people


Last updated 12/1/2022 at 10:56am

Usually, Shirley Chang is in complete control. The Amazon executive has steely black pupils that cut right to the soul. But when she talks about her son, who has eczema, they become bewildered and sad.

So crucial is skin health to not just our physical, but our emotional wellbeing, that experts strongly caution us against neglecting it, as many people do.

For Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), the issues are complicated by a convergence of cultural and genetic factors that in some areas leave them even more vulnerable than their white counterparts.

In the case of skin diseases like eczema or cancer, AAPI kids and families confront unique challenges that in the end are quite surprising—but also can be equally debilitating or even deadly.

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