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COUN 6723: Mini–Case Studies Sue & Sue, Chapter 16, “Counseling Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders” Background Jia is a 21-year-old Asian American female. She immigrated to the United States from China at a young age. Her family worked very hard to save money to send her to college. They have sacrificed a great deal for their daughter, and they expect her to become a surgeon. She is the only child. Jia’s parents own a small grocery business in her community. Her parents do not speak English. She is pursuing a degree in medicine but has discovered that she is a very talented artist. Jia loves painting. She spends much of her free time painting and attending art shows. She has neglected her studies. If Jia’s family were to find out about her poor grades they would be deeply shamed. Presenting Concern Jia has decided to come to counseling because she feels she needs academic guidance. She shares that she has not been doing well in her classes this term because she feels very tired. She reports experiencing headaches and stomachaches. Jia went to see the doctor, and he suggested seeing a counselor. She was reluctant at first, but decided that it might be a good idea to seek assistance to improve her study habits. MCFC Students Review the following: Background Jia and her parents Lin and Kim immigrated to the United States from China when Jia was 3 years old, 18 years ago. Lin and Kim worked very hard in their family grocery business to save money to send Jia to college. Lin and Kim expect Jia to study medicine to become a surgeon. Jia is pursuing a pre-med degree, but has discovered she is a talented artist. She is spending much of her free time painting and attending art shows and has begun to neglect her studies. Lin and Kim recently reviewed Jia’s winter semester grades and are ashamed of her falling grades. Presenting Concern Jia is home for winter break and her parents insisted that the family go to counseling to “Get to the bottom of Jia’s problem.” Lin is angry and feels that his hard-earned money is being wasted and that Jia is bringing shame to their family. Kim is somewhat supportive of Jia’s interest in art, and attended Jia’s last art show. Jia is experiencing headaches and stomachaches and is unsure how she will move forward in the spring semester. She has not registered for courses and is considering taking a break from school. Jia is currently staying at home over winter break and Kim is glad to have her back. Lin has told Jia that she will not be welcome at home if she decides not to return to school in the spring.
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