Advancing Southeast Asian/American Mental Health: A Critical Refugee Studies Lens in Care

When: Tuesday, October 24 - 12:00 PM

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Zoom

Event Details:

Thoughtfully and meaningfully supporting Southeast Asian/American youth and families requires understanding the high levels of trauma that have impacted and continue to impact the community across generations. This workshop will provide a primer to the field of critical refugee studies as a way to assess the links between Southeast Asian/American mental health and U.S. militarism, migration laws, and racial capitalism. Attendees will also participate in interactive activities to practice applying clinical approaches using a critical refugee studies lens in their mental health practice.

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Define critical refugee studies at an introductory level
  • Explain historical, structural, and social factors that influence the mental health of refugees, mainly Southeast Asian communities
  • Apply the basics of critical refugee studies in the therapy space
  • Interpret refugee knowledge and experiences outside of a framework of pathology


                                                                James Huỳnh, MA, MPH
James Huỳnh (he/him/his) grew up in desert-turned-suburbia Fontana, CA. He is the son of Vietnamese refugees who come from the city of Huế, Việt Nam. James is a PhD candidate in Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. His scholarly and activist commitments are to addressing the health impacts of racial capitalism, heterosexism, and patriarchy among queer and trans Asian/Americans. He focuses on community well-being, family and kinship, and grassroots organizing as paths to transforming systems of power.

                                                                    Tiffany Tran, MA, LCSW
Tiffany Tran (she/her) grew up in Monterey Park (occupied Tongva land) as the daughter of a Chinese-Vietnamese refugee (Hokkien) and Hakka Chinese immigrant. Tiffany completed a MA in Asian American Studies and a MSW (Master in Social Work) at UCLA. While in graduate school her research focused on the utilization of social services within the Chinese-Vietnamese refugee families. She currently works in inpatient psychiatry at a Los Angeles County hospital. Tiffany is also an active member of API-RISE, a grassroots organization that supports API identifying folks who have been impacted by incarceration. Tiffany spends her free time with her dog(ters), Bagel and Lox.