“Saving face”

One of the biggest problems with being Asian is the constant need to “save face.” Asians across all countries are so concerned with preserving their reputation and looking good in front of others that they forget the ramifications of such shallow pursuits. They forget how people can get hurt in this process and potentially be scarred for life – or die. This also leads to avoiding discussing and being open about important, even life-threatening topics such as mental illness and depression. How do we discuss topics such as depression and suicide when we cannot even admit out loud, to ourselves and to others, the realities that our dead loved ones faced? When will Asians stop ignoring these problems and open themselves up to addressing them?

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