Q: Why does your project only focus on the Asian & Pacific Islander community?

A: Very few research projects have focused solely on the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the United States. The “model minority” stereotype continues to impact the API community in the United States perpetuating the notion that health problems such as HIV and substance abuse is not prevalent. TEPOT was created to bring certain health concerns in the API community in the light and providing education and referrals to services to improve the health and well-being of APIs.

Q: Why do you need my help in participation?

A: You offer your own life story to our project. Even though you might not think you have a life story we are looking for, we do! This is an opportunity to voice your experiences in the betterment of the health and well-being of APIs.

Q: What do you mean by “confidential” ?

A: All the information you provide us on the questionnaire if you decide to participate in TEPOT is assigned an identifying number code and kept separate from any personal identifying information in a secured locked closet within a locked cabinet. We do value your confidentiality by setting these precautionary measures. So, our priority is to keep our participants feeling as comfortable as possible especially when it comes to making confidentiality secure and respected.

Q: How long does the survey take?

A: Depending on each individual’s responses, we estimate the duration of the survey to be 15 to 20 minutes on average, but may take up to one hour.

Q: Why should I tell my friends about TEPOT?

A: Spreading the word about TEPOT to your friends is a good way to help us! We believe that TEPOT is an important study and we need all the positive feedback spread to the API community in the SF bay area. So participate in TEPOT and spread the word!

Q: How will participating in TEPOT benefit me?

A: Along with the complimentary gift, your participation will help immensely with the understudied Asian & Pacific Islander community. Unfortunately, remnants of the model minority stereotype still run through the United States political system and create barriers to obtaining the appropriate funds to care for API people and our core physical and mental health concerns. Helping TEPOT not only benefits you, but also benefits the broader API community. So, do it for you and others in the API community!

Last modified: January 20, 2011