Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Asian American Studies

Reader 1

Todd Honma

Reader 2

Warren Liu

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Cervical cancer rates among Vietnamese American women are the highest when compared to other women of color and white women. In an article by Taylor, Nguyen, and McPhee, a majority of Vietnamese Americans immigrated to the United States over the last three decades; and the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans identified cervical cancer among Vietnamese women as one of the most important health disparities experienced by the Asian American population. HPV vaccination, according to the CDC, helps prevent cervical cancer and it is recommended that female and male preteens, ages 11 or 12, receive the vaccination. My research aims to better understand what second generation Vietnamese American women know about the HPV vaccination, their relationship to healthcare, and their overall health. By interviewing second generation Vietnamese American women, I hope they become more empowered to ask their doctors about health disparities that affect their communities. In looking at preventative measures to cervical cancer and trying to better understand a vulnerable population's relationship to healthcare, I hope that the rates of cervical cancer will go down in Vietnamese American women. Furthermore, I hope to push for greater disaggregation of data collection among Asian American populations to better understand the health disparities that affect the various ethnicities that fall under the umbrella term, Asian American.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.