Helen I. Hwang
Bullying includes verbal taunting, physical assaults, exclusion from a peer group, spreading rumors and cyber bullying — and Asian Americans are the most frequently bullied ethnic group, according to a 2004 study conducted with nearly 1,400 students. Psychologists believe Asians are particularly vulnerable to bullying because of stereotypes of being submissive. Read more about Asian Americans and bullying from the Issue 24 feature here.
Asian American teens bear the brunt of bullies, but a group of Philadelphia teens shows it can be stopped.
Writer: Helen I. Hwang
On a cold December day in 2009, just weeks before Christmas, 15-year-old Trang Dang was walking home from school with her sister and eight friends, all recent Vietnamese immigrants. Also part of their group: the principal of their school.