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Discussing Health of Vietnamese Refugees

Dec. 10, 2012

Cal State Fullerton sociologists Berna M. Torr and Eileen T. Walsh will present “Does the Refugee Experience Overshadow the Effect of Socioeconomic Status? An Examination of Health in the Largest Vietnamese American Enclave” Friday, Dec. 14. The 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. discussion will take place in Room 1109 of Mihaylo Hall. The session is free and open to the public.

Assistant professors Torr and Walsh will elaborate on research they have been conducting on the health of Vietnamese refugees in Orange County, the largest Vietnamese enclave outside of Vietnam. Their study examines the hypothesis that Vietnamese refugees report poorer health because of their lower socioeconomic status.

Their findings indicate that Vietnamese refugees are more likely than whites to report poor self-rated health and less likely to report good health than non-Hispanic whites, regardless of socioeconomic status. In addition, Vietnamese are more than six times as likely as whites to report at least some functional health limitations. “These findings likely reflect the Vietnamese refugee’s unique experiences of war, political oppression and resettlement,” Torr noted.

Campus parking is $2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit. Details are available online. For more information, call the Sociology Department at 657-278-3531.

By: Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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