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The Asian American community in the United States faces a twofold challenge when it comes to sex education: an absence of cultural representation in public sex ed—compounded by our overall lack of comprehensive sex education in schools—and cultural taboos in Asian American households that prevent many first-generation immigrant parents from broaching the subject.
As institutions around the U.S. anticipate the fallout from the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, the topic of viable sex education is more important than ever. The only way to ensure quality sex education for all is to tackle the subject through diverse lenses specific to each community's needs and problems.
As May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we're going to look at how these communities can handle sex education without being blockaded by cultural taboos.
A lack of representation
Schools are supposed to be the front line of age-appropriate sex education, and while