“Can” Film Screening April 28th, 2016

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Psychiatry Center for Diversity Spring Speaker Series

A special screening of the award-winning documentary film “Can,” (amongourkin.org) followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with producer/director Pearl J. Park.

Thursday, April 28, 6-8 pm
MGH O’Keefe Auditorium
55 Fruit Street (Main Campus), 1st Floor
Doors open at 5:45 pm

Asian Americans are often perceived as the well-adjusted “model minority,” though they experience high rates of mental and emotional problems, and often do not seek help. Stigma, shame, and other cultural factors contribute to Asian Americans facing significant barriers to accessing mental health treatment. This film screening will encourage an open dialogue in hopes of educating providers and non-providers, increasing understanding, and reducing social stigma related to mental health in the Asian-American community. Open to the MGH community and general public.

“Can” What does it take to heal from mental illness?
Winner of the 2015 Audience Choice Award at Viet Film Fest.
One of the first documentary films about mental illness from an Asian-American perspective, “Can” provides a window into the inner dynamics of one Vietnamese-American family as immigrant parents struggle to deal with the mental illness of their American-raised son, Can. A former war refugee and college student aspiring to become a doctor, Can tries to reconcile cultural differences as he embarks on his own healing journey.

This program is funded in part by the American Psychiatric Association SAMHSA funded Minority Fellowship Program.

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