On Our Radar: Asian Americans for Cannabis Education

Over at the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday:

It was hard for Tiffany Wu to tell her conservative, first-generation Chinese American parents she was quitting her high-paying job at a Silicon Valley law firm. It was even harder for the Harvard Law School grad to tell them that she was quitting so she could advise clients in the cannabis industry — and that she smokes weed regularly.

Wu’s childhood friend Monica Lo, a creative director at a San Francisco startup, got the same horrified reaction when she came out of what she calls “the green closet” to her first-generation Chinese American parents about the same time earlier this year.

“They were so worried,” Lo said. “They asked me, ‘Are you on drugs? Are you a drug dealer? What are people going to think of us? What are they going to think of our family when you are so open about this?’”

Both women are in their late 20s and say their experience is common among their peers, reflective of a huge generation gap in the Asian American community when it comes toward attitudes about cannabis. So earlier this year they, along with Los Angeles photographer Ophelia Chong, formed Asian Americans for Cannabis Education as a way to inform the older generation — and help their peers talk to their parents — about California’s largest cash crop.

Okay, this may not have much to do with body image, but it does have a lot to do with our community and learning to communicate with our families.  Believing you have to respect your elders by staying silent is a similar theme we come across often on this site when it comes to getting help for eating disorders.  And for some people recovering from anorexia, marijuana can help.

Learn more about AACE here.