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Asian teens express angst in essays

Original post made on Jul 22, 2013

Some Asian American students say the stress they're under -- by parents, by peers and themselves -- has led to mental health problems. A recent essay contest about mental health underscores the problem. The contest, sponsored by the Alamo-based Culture to Culture Foundation, drew 127 entries from high schools across the area, including San Ramon Valley and Pleasanton high schools.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 18, 2013, 10:06 PM

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Posted by bz
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jul 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

This is an alarming article; one that begs for more discussion and action. The pressure and its consequences outlined here are destructive and so very sad.
Thank you for bringing this to light in a very tangible way!


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Posted by Louie
a resident of Danville
on Jul 23, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Baby boomers's suicide rate is increasing. Many Boomers worked a lifetime demonstrating admirable self-control and a strong sense of delayed rewards. They denied themselves immediate gratification and planned carefully for their Senior years. Their efforts are being plundered by a government that is redistributing their hard earned nest eggs. Many Boomers wish they had just "partied through." They regret not taking a vacation; the money they didn't spend is going to be redistributed.

High achieving young people should not be "sold" the same ""hard work" myth that has so sadly impacted the lives of Boomers. Redistribution of wealth will undermine the efforts of many of the young people who described the stress they are experiencing as they give their all in preparation for lives as successful adults.

Hopefully, these dedicated students will be encouraged to find personal success outside their plans for professional success. Professional success can be undermined by socialism. Those workimg toward a career with prestige and financial rewards in fields such as medicine should be counseled that traditional paths to success are being rapidly altered by government policy.


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Posted by Conservator
a resident of Danville
on Jul 24, 2013 at 10:11 am

@Louie,

Who are you kidding? "Many Boomers worked a lifetime demonstrating admirable self-control and a strong sense of delayed rewards." Did you just cook this up or plagiarize from somewhere on the Internet?

The '46 to '64 crowd can in no self-dignifying way claim to have been cheated. Compared to their parents who likely served in one or two world wars and came into adulthood without safety nets (social security) and The Great Depression, the Boomer generation was able to transcend from Woodstock to Wall Street and back again. Which generation is best defined by the Gordon Gecko role played by Michael Douglas again? In subtle irony, his father's role as Spartacus, decades earlier, did define his generation to a much greater degree.

While all of this is simply 'silly' generalization, it is inane and absurd to claim travesty for our generation in light of what our parents (and generations prior) suffered through in their lifetime. We will lump onto our children unimaginable burdens (i.e. 80% of our Part-B medicare expenses, etc.) so that we may live much longer then our parents and grandparents could ever have imagined and in much better shape to the very end.

What is it that current head-coach for the 49er's likes to ask of his players..."Who's got it better than us?"

BTW, if you were paid to place this piece as a 'dust-up' message (would not be surprised), please review your punctuation and spelling. Even a hack should hold some standards sacred.