Reply to: Comment on: Transforming Asian Health Equity—PINE/PIETY Study Special Issue

Mengting Li, XinQi Dong

Publication Date: 12/11/2019

In reply to Dr. Yoshikawa’s comments, we acknowledge that the PINE/PIETY studies have limited generalizability that may not apply to other ethnic groups or to Chinese populations in other geographic areas. However, the editorial by Dong urged us to unite Asian American groups when advocating for resources and policies for Asian communities. Collective efforts in advocating for economic resources and social welfare made great contributions in the civil rights movement. This movement, led by African Americans during the 1950s and 1960s, promoted equal access to and opportunities for basic privileges and rights. Meanwhile, Asian Americans crossed the color line to work with African Americans and embrace the ideals of the civil rights movement.

The Asian American movement in the late 1960s and 1970s initially united Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino Americans, and it later included Koreans and Southeast and South Asians. Collective efforts between African, Hispanic, and Asian Americans and other people of color led to stronger feelings of unity and strived to realize equal status and power for all individuals. Asian people share similarities in cultural values, religious beliefs, and language, providing potential opportunities for unity among different Asian ethnic groups to advocate for sustainable change.