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What is
the BOBA Project?

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the BOBA Project is an online study aiming to learn about the experiences of Asian American teens (12-18 years). 

In doing so, we: 

  • Provide a space for teens and their parents to share their perspectives about being Asian/Asian American.

  • Build bonds between family members.


We are currently enrolling Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey families that identify as Chinese or Taiwanese.

What's involved?

  1. Online screener. One parent and teen will each fill out an online form to confirm eligibility (5-10 min each).

  2. Surveys. The parent and teen will complete surveys about their experiences (1 hour each). 

  3. Zoom session. You will do a guided conversation activity together (1 hour). We’ll show you a few scenarios related to being Asian and ask “what would you do?” if you were in that situation.

Who is conducting this study?

The BOBA Project is a research study conducted by an Asian American team through the Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience Lab at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. This work is funded through three grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Participant Testimonials

“I did the Zoom session with my mom, and it was really easy and fun. We talked about some interesting prompts. Sometimes we had different reactions and sometimes the same. I'd do it again, they pay you."

Chinese American teen from Newton, Massachusetts

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Testimonials were provided anonymously and do not belong to families pictured here.

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