By the time he was 17, George Hang had lost his father to cancer, failed his classes at Gabrielino High School and been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
George’s Laotian mother, Lai Hang tried to get help for her only child, but mental illness wasn’t something she could easily discuss, even with her closest friends, Frank Shyong reported in Tuesday’s Los Angeles Times.
Hang worried in silence as her son seemed to fixate on mass murders and violent video games. Once, in the presence of her friend Ping Chong, Hang wondered aloud about the mass shooters: Why hadn’t anyone done something to stop them?
“Taboos about mental illness pervade every culture, and research shows that Asian American families are the least likely among all racial groups to use mental health services,” Shyong wrote.
So when Hang was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2015 ...