UCA WAVES Director Publishes Op-Ed on Intergenerational Trauma

UCA WAVES Director Jian Lily Chen has published her fourth op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, describing the trauma she endured as a child and connecting it with the terrors of ongoing anti-Asian racism, the war in Ukraine, and the nation’s mental health crisis.

In the article, Lily writes, “as parents, we have never had the opportunity to address our own traumatic experiences from the past. But unspoken and unresolved trauma could exacerbate the current mental health crisis, leading to communication issues with our children and being unable to support our children’s emotional needs when they experience bullying and racism in schools and beyond.”

We hope you’ll take a moment to read the article and reflect on how it might relate to your experiences, too. Thank you, Lily, for your reminder that our stories and voices matter.

Read the full article here: https://www.ajc.com/opinion/opinion-viewing-new-trauma-stirs-memories-of-old-ones/VDEQW3EAAFABBED4L5DA3F36CU/