Why Chinese-American massage parlors are expanding across America: We want you to be part of the conversation
Chinese-Americans are increasingly coming to the US for the massage and home massage services they enjoy.
But while most Americans are interested in their local communities, they’re also looking for the “bigger, better, safer” things, says David P. Rauhala, founder of the PACE Initiative.
“The big change in Chinese-America is that there are a lot of massage parlovas,” he says.
“That’s because they’re becoming more mainstream.
They’re going to be the center of a lot more of these [services].”PACE, which advocates for “the empowerment of underserved communities,” started in 2016, as a way to “create a better relationship between communities and their government and the business community,” according to a press release.
In 2016, the group launched a national survey to determine the best and most effective massage and health care facilities in the country.
“We want the Chinese- American community to feel that they’re a part of America,” Rauhlas told CNN.
“We want them to feel they’re in our community.”
To do that, PACE partnered with the American Cancer Society to study the prevalence of Chinese-related diseases in Chinese communities.
“It’s an important part of our research,” says Dr. David E. Gautreau, director of the Center for Chinese-Asian Health at Harvard Medical School and a co-author of the report.
“The Chinese-origin community has high rates of cancer and diabetes and high rates for hypertension and obesity, so they’re very susceptible to the many conditions that they are vulnerable to.
So it’s important to understand this group’s unique health care needs.”
To learn more about PACE’s study, check out the report here.
The report is not the first time that PACE has investigated how massage and other health care services have affected Chinese- Americans.
Back in 2014, PACA partnered with Crain’s Business Times to investigate the health care disparities faced by Chinese-Pacific Islanders.
The PACE report also highlights the importance of diversity in the massage industry, noting that the Asian community is becoming more diverse.
According to the report, there are currently 4,723 massage parlevas in the US.
Of those, 2,907 are located in California and 965 are in New York, while the rest are in 10 states.
“There’s a lot that needs to be done to improve diversity,” Rahnas says.