April / May #1 : Asian Denial - by Casey Davidson

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:

Back to home » Archives » POZ Magazine issues




Table of Contents

Ty Ross Comes Clean

Update: Tom Keane

Asian Denial

POZ TV

Touch Me, Heal Me

What's AIDS got to do with it?

S.O.S.

The HIV Beltway

GMHC Goes for a Ride

Things are Looking Up

NIH Names Head of AIDS Research

Voila! AIDS as Art

Philly, the Sequel?

Living Proof

HIV VIPs

One Voice

MAC to Pass PCP Soon

What Next?

Randy Shilts Dies at 42

Bob Hattoy, On The Record

AIDS Zen

Health

Alternative Health

Holistic Turnaround

The Sunshine Boys

The Arts

Life

Media

Revis On Top

Eat It, Beat It

HIV Testing Requirements for Entry Into Foreign Countries

HIV Standard of Care



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


email print

April / May 1994

Asian Denial

by Casey Davidson

Christine Choy's AIDS film breaks the silence

Two years ago, documentary filmmaker Christine Choy knew so little about AIDS that after she invited someone wit HIV into her home for dinner, she raced to the phone to ask friends whether she needed to boil the plates he used. "I was ignorant about AIDS just like most Asian-Americans," she says.

Now her sense of outrage about the disease and the U.S. government’s reaction to it is fully fueled because of her own experience battling to get a documentary film made about two HIV positive Asian-Americans.

Choy, 38, is a toothpick thin woman who talks nonstop while smoking one puff at a time, snuffing out each butt over and over and then relighting it. She looks waif-like, but, my, how appearances deceive. Choy’s strength lies in her resolve. At 14, she emigrated from China to the United States alone. Since then, Choy has successfully battled breast cancer and raised two children (one 19, and the other five months). She’s a professor of film at New York University and is now taking on the Asian-American community who, she says, would rather pretend AIDS doesn’t exist.

The film, tentatively titled Out of the Silence, was just released in New York City. But kick starting the project was unbelievably tough because Choy couldn’t find any HIV positive Asian-Americans who would talk to her.

"In Asia, if you have cancer, doctors don’t tell the patient, they tell the family. There are certain cultural elements, and the whole notion is to be silent. But silence can kill you."




[Go to top]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar
POZ on Twitter

Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Poll
Should the U.S. gay blood ban end?
Yes
No

Survey
Smoke Signals

more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.