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Title: Lives and Times of Asian-Pacific American Women Drug Users: An Ethnographic Study of Their Methamphetamine Use
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:26  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1996)  Pages:199-218
Author(s): K A Joe
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: R01-DA06853
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study challenges the stereotype of the passive yet exotic Asian-Pacific American woman and is concerned with uncovering the complexities of the lives of a group of women drug users and their strategies for coping with and managing their problems.
Abstract: It first considers existing drug-use studies on Asian- Pacific American populations and offers a path to building a theoretical foundation for understanding their drug-use patterns and problems. The combined use of ethnographic data and the grounded theory approach provide an important methodological and theoretical vehicle for revealing the hidden dimensions of use among hard-to-reach populations such as Asian-Pacific Americans. The author then examines the ways in which the cultural claims in their lives interact with and shape their initiation into and continued use of illicit substances based on an ethnography of female methamphetamine users in Hawaii. Unlike mental health studies on Asian-Pacific Americans, this analysis suggests that stress from the family is not restricted to cultural and generational conflict. Social problems such as drug use among Asian-Pacific American women are complex. From their early childhood, these women lived in the midst of heated, sometimes violent, conflict that was connected to economic marginality, parental problems with alcohol, and distinctive cultural norms of femininity. Neighborhood and school peers as well as male relatives initially introduced them to alcohol and marijuana. Over time, their user networks widened and their introduction into cocaine and "ice" was through friends, extended kin, and partners. Despite the long-standing tension in their family and their more recent isolation from others due to using "ice," the cultural traditions embedded in the extended kinship system allow many to "return home." 5 tables, 7 notes, and 44 references
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Amphetamines; Asian Americans; Female offenders
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