Dr. Lixia Yang (杨丽霞）, a professor of Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University and co-director of the Centre for New Immigrant Well-being (CNIW), was interviewed by OMNI TV about a study she led that was recently published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (screenshot below).
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During the interview, Dr. Yang shared her team’s recent research findings on the mental health of Chinese immigrants in Canada during the pandemic. Through a series of publications, Dr. Yang and her team identified several critical predictors of mental health risks among Chinese immigrants, including financial condition, health status, and perceived or experienced discrimination. Of particular concern, the team found that anti-Chinese discrimination, whether perceived or experienced, was a consistent and robust predictor of poor psychological wellbeing among Chinese immigrants in Canada.
Dr. Yang also highlighted the mental health stigmas and barriers faced by many members of the Chinese immigrant community in seeking professional support. She emphasized the need for mental health services tailored to their specific needs, including cultural and social service accessibility and language support. Dr. Yang stressed the importance of preventative community support, such as mobilizing community organizations to promote mental health awareness, provide resources, and educate the public and populations in need of support. In particular, attention needs to be directed towards Chinese older adults who may face additional challenges in cultural adaptation and language barriers.
To address these issues, Dr. Yang recently completed a survey study that examined the psychological wellbeing, resilience, and coping strategies of Chinese older adults in the post-pandemic era. Additionally, she and her students are planning to launch a training program to promote active aging in Chinese seniors, funded through a SSHRC Partnership Engagement Grant, in collaboration with Chinese communities such as Aging in Cloud and CNIW (Centre for New Immigrants Well-being).