Publication Date

Summer 2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Studies


Marie Haverfield


Asian American, Familial Households, George Floyd, Intergenerational, Mental Health, Racial Injustice Conversations

Subject Areas

Social sciences education; Communication


This study explores intergenerational racial injustice conversations in Asian American households by focusing on conversations that occurred following the death of George Floyd. Asian American historical oppression, Eastern versus Western ideologies, and intergenerational communication conflict present several challenges for navigating conversations about racial injustice among family members. Given the important role of family in facilitating identity and fostering support, this study also considers the implications of mental health and well-being of Asian Americans associated with their ability to communicate about racial injustice. Informed by Racial Triangulation Theory and Family Communication Patterns Theory, four in-depth interviews were conducted, along with a self-exploration, among first and second generation self-identified Asian Americans living with intergenerational family members. Participants either attempted to or engaged in racial injustice conversations following the death of George Floyd. Findings point to present day racial tension and communication patterns that impact successful navigation of racial injustice conversations in intergenerational Asian American families and provide potential resources to promote mental health and well-being.