Join us for an insightful conversation with Tagoipah, a second-generation Cham refugee from the greater Seattle area. Tagoipah shares the important distinction between refugees and immigrants and how their families and community were forced to flee Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War and the Khmer Rouge era. We also explore the rich history and identity of the Cham people, an indigenous minority group from Southeast Asia, and how their long history has been shaped by various empires and assimilation.Listen in as we discuss the intersectionality of Cham identity, particularly how being a minority within another minority group can shape one's experience. Tagoipahshares their upbringing in a diverse community in South Seattle, surrounded by East African, Somali, and Asian communities, and how that allowed them to connect with their culture. We also examine the power dynamics in various communities and the importance of understanding and acknowledging our history.This episode delves into the challenges of navigating the healthcare system as a Cham refugee and the cultural gap between healthcare providers and the Cham community. We explore the crucial role of interpreters in bridging this gap and the need for teaching patients to ask questions and seek second opinions. Finally, we touch upon the impact of cultural crossover in diverse communities and the importance of honoring autonomy when it comes to identity. Join us for this enlightening and engaging discussion with Tagoipahabout the Cham community, identity, and navigating the complexities of healthcare and social justice.--------- EPISODE CHAPTERS ---------Cham Refugees and Charm PeopleCham Identity and ErasureNavigating Intersectional Identity Identity, Power, and Cham TraditionTraditional Cham Wedding and Community ContributionsNavigating Healthcare as a RefugeeCultural Interpretation of Health Improving Cultural Understanding in Healthcare Healthcare and Social JusticeRecognizing Cultural Crossover in Communities--------- EPISODE CHAPTERS WITH SHORT KEY POINTS ---------Cham Refugees and Charm PeopleI discuss my identity as a Cham refugee, the difference between refugees and immigrants, and Cham's history. Cham Identity and ErasureCham people are a minority in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia, combining Islam with traditional beliefs; the identity of a second-generation refugee; knowledge is key to understanding cultural identity.Navigating Intersectional IdentityGrowing up in a diverse South Seattle community, I experienced how minority identity shapes one's identity.Identity, Power, and Cham TraditionAutonomy, minority within a minority, Ethiopian community, Asian Muslims, and oppression of communities of color were discussed.Traditional Cham Wedding and Community ContributionsCham culture's weddings, food, clothing, and hijabs are a blend of Southeast Asian and Islamic cultures. Navigating Healthcare as a RefugeeNavigating healthcare as a Cham refugee, advocating for family, and reliance on technology are discussed.Cultural Interpretation of HealthBridge cultural gap between healthcare providers and Cham community, understand patient's interpretation of health, language barriers, holistic health, autonomy, and identity. Improving Cultural Understanding in HealthcareInterpreters bridge cultural gap between healthcare providers and Cham patients, respecting cultural identity, specific language, and power dynamics.Healthcare and Social JusticeAutonomy,...
May 29, 2023
In this episode, we dive deep into the Afro-Latino Latinx identity, as experienced by Sandra Huber from Panama to the United States, where her identity shifted from being simply Panamanian to being labeled as Hispanic, Latina, and eventually Afro-Latina. We discuss the challenges of navigating racial and coloristic oppression within Indian and Latin American communities, as well as within broader American society. We also touch on the importance of acknowledging and accepting one's blackness and the complex racial dynamics that exist within the community. We explore the experiences of being Afro-Latina in predominantly white neighborhoods and the impact on mental health. Sandra shares her personal encounters with racial profiling and the assumptions made about her by some white community members. We also discuss the Hispanic paradox, which does not apply to Afro-Latinos, and the need for healthcare providers to be more culturally aware and curious about their patients' backgrounds. Finally, we delve into the power of intentional curiosity, particularly in the medical field. Being open to asking questions and avoiding assumptions can lead to better care and more accurate diagnoses. This conversation emphasizes the need for empathy and genuine interest in the diverse backgrounds of patients. Join us as we explore the complexities of Afro-Latino Latinx identity and the importance of understanding and embracing one's unique heritage.Chapters:(0:00:07) - Afro Latino Identity(0:17:00) - Navigating Racial and Coloristic Oppression(0:25:49) - Navigating Discrimination(0:35:12) - Acknowledging Afro-Latino Identity in Healthcare(0:50:45) - The Power of Intentional CuriosityChapter Summaries:(0:00:07) - Afro Latino Identity (17 Minutes)In this podcast episode, we explore the Afro-Latino Latinx identity through the experiences of Sandra Solano Huer, who was born and raised in Panama City, Panama. Sandra discusses her journey from Panama to the United States, where her identity shifted from being simply Panamanian to being labeled as Hispanic, Latina, and eventually Afro-Latina. She shares her experiences with people asking "what are you?" and how she navigates these questions with patience and understanding.(0:17:00) - Navigating Racial and Coloristic Oppression (9 Minutes)In this part of the conversation, we delve into the impact of colorism and racial dynamics within the Indian and Latin American communities, as well as within broader American society. The discussion touches on personal experiences of feeling excluded or treated differently due to skin color, as well as the implications of marrying someone lighter-skinned for upward mobility and safety. We also explore how racism and colorism can affect mental and physical health, and the importance of being aware of these issues to make informed decisions about one's identity and life choices'(0:25:49) - Navigating Discrimination (9 Minutes)We discuss the challenges and intricacies of embracing black identity within the Latino community and the various terms used to describe mixed ancestry. We also touch on how black identity does not contradict Latino identity and how the Afro-Latino population faces higher rates of poverty and discrimination compared to other Latino groups. Through personal anecdotes, we explore the importance of acknowledging and accepting one's blackness and the complex racial dynamics that exist within the community(0:35:12) - Acknowledging Afro-Latino Identity in Healthcare (16 Minutes)In this portion of the episode, we examine the experiences of being Afro-Latina in predominantly white neighborhoods and the impact on mental health. Sandra shares her personal encounters with racial profiling and the assumptions made...
May 14, 2023
In this episode, I share the inspiring journey of Dr. Duran, a family medicine resident who immigrated to the US from Mexico at the age of 14. Despite facing obstacles such as being undocumented and not having a Social Security number, Dr. Duran pursued higher education with the help of supportive individuals like her high school teacher, Mrs. Holland. We delve into the challenges Dr. Duran faced in financing her medical education and navigating the DACA program, as well as the impact it has on her mental health and career. We also discuss the importance of being curious and respectful when interacting with colleagues who may have experiences related to DACA. Join me in this thought-provoking conversation that sheds light on the resilience and determination of DACA recipients like Dr. Duran, who continue to contribute to their communities and the healthcare profession.Chapters:(0:00:00) - Achieving a Career in Medicine(0:13:44) - Navigating DACA and Med School(0:25:51) - DACA Impact on Mental Health(0:34:48) - DACA's Mental Health Impact(0:42:08) - Be Curious and Respectful of Colleagues Chapter Summaries:(0:00:00) - Achieving a Career in Medicine (14 Minutes)In this podcast episode, we discuss the journey of Dr. Duran, a family medicine resident who immigrated to the US from Mexico at the age of 14. Despite facing obstacles such as not having a Social Security number and being undocumented, Dr. Duran pursued higher education with the help of supportive individuals like her high school teacher, Mrs. Holland. Dr. Duran's interest in medicine was sparked by witnessing the health disparities in Southeast Georgia, particularly among the immigrant community.(0:13:44) - Navigating DACA and Med School (12 Minutes)We delve into the challenges faced by Dr. Duran in financing her medical education due to her immigration status and limited financial resources. Through persistence and support from organizations like the Resurrection Project, she was able to obtain a loan and attend medical school. We also discuss the uncertainty and stress surrounding the renewal of her DACA status, which directly impacts her ability to continue her residency and work as a doctor. Despite these obstacles, Dr. Duran remains determined to excel in her profession and contribute to her community as a family medicine physician'(0:25:51) - DACA Impact on Mental Health (9 Minutes)We explore the impact of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Dr. Duran's life and career, allowing her to fulfill her intellectual goals and become a doctor. The conversation also addresses the anxiety and vulnerability faced by DACA recipients due to the program's uncertain future and the fact that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has all their personal information. Dr. Duran discusses her decision to be open and vocal about her immigration status, as well as the intergenerational effects of policies like DACA on recipients' children.(0:34:48) - DACA's Mental Health Impact (7 Minutes)We examine the history and limitations of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and its effects on recipients like Dr. Duran. With over 800,000 DACA recipients and 1.3 million people living with a DACA recipient in the United States, the consequences of ending the program would be far-reaching. Despite providing temporary relief, DACA has significant constraints, such as no clear path to citizenship, limited travel permissions, and challenges in obtaining mortgages. Additionally, since July 2021, no new DACA applications have been accepted, and processing times for renewals can cause applicants to lose their status.(0:42:08) - Be Curious and Respectful of Colleagues (1 Minute)We emphasize...
April 24, 2023
In this episode of Healthcare for Humans, we talked to Dr. Garcia again and delve into the often-overlooked history of Mexican immigration in the United States and its connection to the labor market. From desperate times to discriminatory attitudes, we uncover the complex story of Mexican immigrants and their contributions to the country's workforce. We explore the structural causes that have shaped their history and highlight the need for accessible, safe, and responsive healthcare for all communities.Explain the historical roots of Mexico, including its indigenous civilizations and colonization by Hernan Cortes, leading to its independence from Spain in 1821.Discuss the impact of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, which resulted in Mexicans suddenly living in the US due to land becoming part of the US.Review various programs and events encouraging Mexican immigration to the US from the 1840s to the 1960s, including the Bracero program and the Mexican Revolution.Explore the portrayal of Mexicans in the media and politicization of immigration, highlighting the rich history and contributions of Mexicans to society, and the unique experiences of Mexican Americans and other Latino groups in the US.Next Steps:Sign up on Healthcare for Humans website to join our communitySubscribe and share this episode to help clinicians care for diverse communities betterFollow Raj on Twitter
April 11, 2023
Dr. Jerry Garcia is a professor at Texas Christian University with expertise in teaching Chicano/Latino Studies, US History, and Mexican History. He was previously the Vice President for Educational Programs at Sea Mar Museum, where he curated the new Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture in Seattle, WA. His deep commitment to promoting education, diversity, and inclusion has made a positive impact on the educational landscape and beyond. Daniel Joaquin Padron is a Community Health Educator in Spokane, WA. As a first-generation college graduate with a degree in Public Health, he is passionate about promoting health equity and social justice for underserved communities. He has experience working with low socioeconomic status populations and resettling refugees. After listening to this episode you will be able to:Explain the experience of growing up in a small town and the challenges of navigating identityDescribe the historical roots of the terms Hispanic, Latino, Latinx, and Chicano and how they evolved over timeList the different factors that contribute to the use of certain terminology, including politics, culture, and personal preferenceReview how the terms reflect self-determination and autonomy in defining one's own identityExplore the intersectionality of identity and the importance of recognizing and respecting diverse experiences within the Hispanic/Latinx communityDiscuss the implications of using certain terminology in society and the importance of staying informed and culturally sensitive.Next Steps:Sign up on Healthcare for Humans website to join our communitySubscribe and share this episode to help clinicians care for diverse communities betterFollow Raj on Twitter
March 30, 2023