Date of Award

January 2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Medical Doctor (MD)



First Advisor

Eunice Yuen

Second Advisor

Andrés S. Martin


Between February and July 2020, 2.6 million American young adults, ages 18-29, moved back into their parents’ homes. Coinciding with this, a wave of anti-Asian American racism swept across the U.S. Asian Americans, alongside other immigrant groups are also thought to experience higher levels of conflicts with parents due to a phenomenon known as the acculturative gap. With these risk factors, it was hypothesized that Asian Americans would experience high amounts of family discord and a loss of family harmony during this time period. Snowball sampling was used in order to gather a sample size of 23 Asian Americans, seven identifying as LGBTQIA+, with a median age of 25. Interviews were conducted regarding family harmony and then thematically coded using the NVivo software. Through the interviews, it was found that the themes of stressors coming from both the family and community emerged, alongside adaptations against these stressors that contributed to family harmony. These results indicate that despite the risk factors, Asian American young adults were resilient and adapted to the stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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