Greater Inclusion of Asian Americans in Aging Research on Family Caregiving for Better Understanding of Racial Health Inequities

Aggie J. Yellow Horse, Sarah E. Patterson

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Abstract

With the substantial demographic changes in racial composition in the United States since 1965, research on racial health inequities must build upon the Black-White binary to assess the complex ways "race" affects health and aging. Considering variation in the prevalence and meanings of aging across racialized groups requires concerted efforts to expand and disaggregate samples. Aligned with the goals of the intersectionality framework, we argue that greater inclusion of Asian Americans is critical to advance both theoretical and methodological considerations that enable us to investigate the lived experiences of Asian Americans. Using caregiving as an example, we discuss how systemic, cultural, and interpersonal marginalization from racism and other oppressive systems intertwine with "race" to produce the race effects. Greater inclusion of Asian Americans helps further provide the opportunity to conceptualize culture as dynamic and interacting with structure to produce different racial patterns. Meaningful inclusion of Asian Americans in research requires more systemic effort to collect accurate, reliable, and quality data for Asian Americans that can be disaggregated by other important axes of stratification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)704-710
Number of pages7
JournalThe Gerontologist
Volume62
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 26 2022

Keywords

  • Asian American
  • Caregiving
  • Intersectionality
  • Racial health inequity
  • Racism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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