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I'm a teen. Why should I participate? 


Share what it's like for you to be an Asian American teen in the U.S.

Major U.S. events such as anti-Asian hate and Supreme Court decisions have highlighted the salience of Asian identity within public discourse. Reflecting on hypothetical situations and taking part in the guided conversation within the BOBA Project is a simple activity where you can reflect and share with others what it is like to be an Asian American teen. 

Address the underrepresentation of Asian communities in research.

Not only are Asian Americans underrepresented in Hollywood and in politics, but they are significantly underrepresented in research. Taking part in the BOBA Project allows your perspective to be represented. 

Get a firsthand look at how we conduct research initiatives on Asian American identity. 

There is more to research than biomedical research! By participating in this National Institutes of Health funded study activity, you will get to see what is involved in a research data collection on Asian Americans. The BOBA Project team is eager to share about the research process for teens and parents and is active in training the next generation through the BOBA Project Youth Advisory Board and workshops at local schools.

Check out the testimonials below.

"It's nice to have a safe space to talk about experiences being Asian."
"I would suggest this to someone because I believe that this could really help them reflect on their identity (and their parents') and could also help them bond with their parents."
"It is very guided, so it leaves less room for argument. I think it helps you learn more about yourself and your parent/guardian." 
"I would recommend this study because it was an enjoyable and important process. After hearing how little data there is on Asian Americans, I think it is important to contribute to studies!"
"I really grew a closer bond with my parent after this session. I learned a lot about him and his opinions. I think every teen should have a safe and regulated space to talk about these topics with their parents." 
"It was interesting to see how my family member reacted. It was also important because my family member learned what I would have done."
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