A Conversation With Dr. Richard Lee

We are pleased to announce that soon Gazillion Voices will be partnering with radio station KFAI to produce all future GV podcasts. As a test run, Kevin Haebeom Vollmers recorded his conversation with Dr. Richard Lee of the University of Minnesota at the KFAI studios.

About Dr. Richard Lee

Richard M. Lee, Ph.D., LP is a Professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota.

He is the past president of the Asian American Psychological Association and Incoming Editor for the peer-reviewed journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

His research examines the role and relevance of racial, ethnic, and migration experiences among Asian American individuals and families.

Current projects include a seven-year follow-up study on the cultural life experiences of international adoptive families regarding reclaiming their culture with adolescent-aged Korean children and implementing a parent education program with Hmong American families.

Dr. Lee talked about the unique ethnic and racial experiences of racial and ethnic minority adults and youth and how these experiences are relating to the mental health, well-being, and development among ethnic and racial families and individuals and families.

He talked about what psychologists and other specialists can do to have a positive contribution to improving the lives of ethnic and racial minority families and individuals.

Dr. Lee says that through conducting well-structured studies about critical ethnic and racial race perspectives, he and his students seek to answer this sort of question by focusing specifically on aspects of ethnicity, race, and culture that are risks to mental health, achievement, and well-being in general.

The factors included here are enculturation, acculturation, discrimination, racism, ethnic identity development, parent-child conflicts related to acculturation, and cultural socialization.

Dr. Lee’s current studies are organized into three domains. First, he says he’s interested in advancing measurements and theories in relation to culture-specific risks and more protective factors.

Secondly, Dr. Lee aims to study and examine the transnational and transracial experiences of the many Korean children that have been adopted by White families across the globe.

And thirdly, Dr. Lee is engaged in community-based studies and research with the aim to improve and advance engagement in the many evidence-based integration and prevention programs available for ethnic and racial minority populations.