The 2009-10 Proposal Development Group Cohort


 Grace Yoo
Asian American Studies
Older Women of Color, Breast Cancer and Social Support

Age is a critical factor in breast cancer treatment and recovery. Unlike younger breast cancer patients, older patients face issues of advancing age and more co-morbidities that may result in more side effects from treatment and complicated recoveries.

Moreover, research suggests that older women of color experience difficulties in communicating and understanding the information provided by their physicians due to language barriers and perceived biases. Social support can help mediate or could further hamper the options for treatment and recovery among elderly African American, Latina and Asian women.

Utilizing mixed methods, this study explores the impact of social support on treatment and recovery for older African American, Latina and Chinese American elderly women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Grace completed and submitted this R15 research grant to the National Institute of Health's National Cancer Institute. The $300,000 grant and will be reviewed at the end of 2010.

Contact: Grace Yoo

Shawn Ginwright
Africana Studies
Civic Participation and Youth of Color

New research suggests that strong social networks in communities can play a key role in building civic participation and civic identities among urban youth but we know very little about how schools and neighborhood factors shape civic engagement among urban youth.

The purpose of this study is to describe how school and neighborhood settings (classroom practices, peer groups, perceptions of neighborhood problems) shape civic behavior among urban youth in low-income settings, using a mixed methods approach.

Contact: Shawn Ginwright



Mai Nhung Le
Asian American Studies
Women of Color: End of Life Care and Decision-making

Mai's current work is aimed at understanding ways to improve quality of life and palliative care among Asian American women with advanced breast cancer.

The main objective of this qualitative pilot study is to describe and examine the ways in which critical end-of-life care are approached and understood by women of color with metastatic breast cancer, their physicians, and their informal caregivers.

Contact: Mai Nhung Le



 Wei Ming Dariotis
Asian American Studies
War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art

This project investigates the construction of mixed race/mixed heritage Asian American (or, controversially, "Hapa") identity in the United States. As an increasingly ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation is coming of age in an era of "optional identity", War Baby/Love Child examines how, or even if, mixed Asian Americans are addressing their hybrid identities in their artwork.

A curated contemporary art exhibition, by 20 artists of mixed Asian American ethnicities, including film screenings, performances and discussions, this project hopes to make a significant contribution to the emergent field of Critical Mixed Race Cultural Studies and the relatively new field of Asian American Art History.

Contact: Wei Ming Dariotis