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Uptown in the News  

July 25, 2003
Chicago Tribune
Clinic beckons reluctant immigrants
Chinatown site offers services for mental health
By Sufiya Abdur


Many Asians, some experts say, would much rather pray, talk to friends or keep their problems inside than turn to counseling and tell a stranger what's bothering them.

"It's kind of shameful to let other people (know) about family problems and personal problems," said Youngjo Cho, a Korean-American doctoral student at the University of Chicago.

Asian Human Services is working to change that. The Uptown health and social services group recently opened an expanded Chinatown office, 211 W. 22nd Pl., to meet the mental health needs of the growing Chinese and Asian community in Chicago.

The new clinic is above the Triple Crown Seafood Restaurant in the heart of Chinatown.

At the clinic, counselors speak several languages, including Mandarin, Cantonese and Taiwanese, and are mindful not to force people into counseling or medication that they may consider dishonorable.

According to information provided by Asian Human Services, 17 percent of Asian immigrants experiencing mental health problems seek care.


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