Freud and the Far East: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the People and Culture of China, Japan, and Korea

Freud and the Far East: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the People and Culture of China, Japan, and Korea

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by Salman Akhtar
     
 

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This book is a lexical ambassador with the dual responsibility of bridging the West and East and enhancing psychoanalytic conceptualization in the course of such an encounter. By juxtaposing the familiar with the unfamiliar, it seeks to enrich our understanding of both. Within its pages, distinguished psychoanalysts from East and West weave a fine and colorful

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This book is a lexical ambassador with the dual responsibility of bridging the West and East and enhancing psychoanalytic conceptualization in the course of such an encounter. By juxtaposing the familiar with the unfamiliar, it seeks to enrich our understanding of both. Within its pages, distinguished psychoanalysts from East and West weave a fine and colorful tapestry of the ubiquitous and idiosyncratic, the plebian and profound, and the neurotically-inclined and culturally-nuanced. They provide meticulous historical accounts of the development of psychoanalysis in Japan, Korea, and China and familiarize the reader with interesting personages, quaint phrases, cultural nuances, founding of journals, and emergence of groups interested in psychoanalysis. The contributors to the book discuss the depth-psychological concepts of amae, Wa, Ajase complex, and the 'filial piety complex,' thus underscoring the intricate interplay of drive and ego development with the powerful forces of ancestral legacies and their attendant myths and fantasies. The reverberations of these aesthetic and relational paradigms in epic love stories, martial arts, and cinema are also elucidated. In addition, the book offers insights into the psychosocial trials and tribulations of the Western immigrant populations from these countries and their offspring. Finally, the implications of all this to the conduct of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are addressed.

Editorial Reviews

David L. Eng
Considering the place of East Asia from both sides of the couch, this long-overdue collection provincializes psychoanalysis from the perspectives of China, Japan, and Korea. Psychoanalytic inquiry can no longer afford to ignore some of the richest East Asian cultural traditions and theories of human relations—such as Buddhism, Confucianism, filial piety, and collective dependence—and those who embody them, 'over there' as well as 'over here.'
American Psychological Association, May 12, 2010 - Shereen Abdel Kader
Freud and the Far East: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the People and Culture of China, Japan and Korea is enlightening, insightful, and relevant for a wide range of readers, and it has the potential to deeply change our stereotypes about clinical practices—not only in the Far East but across other diverse cultures around the world....Akhtar and his colleagues have greatly enhanced the richness of psychoanalytical theory and practice by linking psychoanalysis with its Eastern influences....I strongly recommend including this book on the reading lists of clinical and abnormal psychology courses because of its strong focus on cultural diversity.
Francis Lu
Salman Akhtar has edited a marvelous and thought-provoking exploration of psychoanalysis in the cultural context of China, Japan, and Korea. Unlike any other book, Freud and the Far East shows us the similarities and differences in psychoanalytic theory and clinical work between these three Asian countries. Building upon earlier edited books on psychoanalysis and India and Islam, Akhtar succeeds in illuminating not only how psychoanalysis historically evolved in a non-Western region, but also how some of the fascinating and creative ideas that emerged in the process enriched the psychoanalytic tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765706959
Publisher:
Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date:
06/29/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
338
File size:
488 KB

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Salman Akhtar is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.

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Freud and the Far East: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the People and Culture of China, Japan, and Korea 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book editor is pretty creative to put together the materials from several Asian cultures (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) and Freudianism together. Apparently, there has been a trend in psychoanalytic field to expand their market and territory to China (who wouldn't want to earn more money there these days?). Unfortunately, here among the authors who wrote about Chinese, the two who reported about psychoanalysis in China as well as the status of Chinese American pursuing psychoanalysis in the US are apparently not Chinese and know little about it. To begin with, what the Chapter authors wrote about Chinese from The Mainland China not having opportunity to study psychoanalysis in the US is absolutely false - Chinese like all other foreign scholars who are in the US have the opportunity to go to schools again or get in psychiatry residency training after passing graduate medical exams; from there, there are good opportunities to study psychoanalysis as they wish. Thus, the opportunity isn't an issue as it says in that book chapter. The critical issue here is not only Chinese immigrants but also American born Chinese physicians or psychologists have little interest in studying psychoanalysis as a profession and few get involved in the field. Part of the reason is that it's not practical in the society anymore from cost and benefit point of view. But nobody seems to really care if other reasons among them. Secondly, the authors of that particular chapter disregarded a serious debate in their field on safety issue (and potential ethics) of practicing psychoanalysis in China using Skype. The debate was reflected in two issues of The American Psychoanalysts in 2008 (Vol. 42) [see American Psychoanalytic Asso. publication on the web]). One side of the debate basically has concerns for Chinese government censorship over internet, including through Skype program, just as the Skype company admitted itself that its technology is not completely infallible ([...]). Interestingly, those who insist on pursuing the practice (CAPA), including that chapter authors vowed for Skype safety much more strongly than Skype company itself. ... Another big shortcoming of this book is that it omits HongKong Chinese and Taiwan Chinese, not to mention Singaporean Chinese that consists its over 80% population, as if only The Mainland China has Chinese and only those Chinese has psychology that's worth mentioning. Little do they know that Chinese traditions are far better preserved in Taiwan and Hong Kong than those in The Mainland. Therefore, in terms of Chinese culture and psychology, there is a big hole in this book. However, overall, it's an interesting read from anthropology and psychology point of view. It is intellectually stimulating. I hope that the editor will be more careful with regard to publishing materials from other authors - check evidence instead of one's claimed title.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book editor is pretty creative to put together the materials from several Asian cultures (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) and Freudianism together. Apparently, there has been a trend in psychoanalytic field to expand their market and territory to China (who wouldn't want to earn more money there these days?). Unfortunately, here among the authors who wrote about Chinese, the two who reported about psychoanalysis in China as well as the status of Chinese American pursuing psychoanalysis in the US are apparently not Chinese and know little about it. To begin with, what the Chapter authors wrote about Chinese from The Mainland China not having opportunity to study psychoanalysis in the US is absolutely false - Chinese like all other foreign scholars who are in the US have the opportunity to go to schools again or get in psychiatry residency training after passing graduate medical exams; from there, there are good opportunities to study psychoanalysis as they wish. Thus, the opportunity isn't an issue as it says in that book chapter. The critical issue here is not only Chinese immigrants but also American born Chinese physicians or psychologists have little interest in studying psychoanalysis as a profession and few got involved in the field. Part of the reason is that it's not practical in the society anymore from cost and benefit point of view. But nobody seems to really care if other reasons among them. Secondly, the authors of that particular chapter disregarded a serious debate in their field on safety issue (and potential ethics) of practicing psychoanalysis in China using Skype. The debate was reflected in two issues of The American Psychoanalysts in 2008 (Vol. 42) [http://www.apsa.org/Publications/The_American_Psychoanalyst.aspx]). One side of the debate basically have concerns for Chinese government censorship over internet, including Skype, just as the Skype company admitted itself that its technology is not completely infallible (http://www.betanews.com/article/Skype-admits-security-breach-in-China/1223053868). Interestingly, those who insist on pursuing the practice (CAPA), including that chapter authors vowed for Skype safety much more strongly than Skype company itself. ... Another big shortcoming of this book is that it omits HongKong Chinese and Taiwan Chinese, not to mention Singaporean Chinese that consists its over 80% population, as if only The Mainland China has Chinese and only those Chinese has psychology that's worth mentioning. Little do they know that Chinese traditions are far better preserved in Taiwan and Hong Kong than those in The Mainland. Therefore, in terms of Chinese culture and psychology, there is a big hole in the book. However, overall, it's an interesting read from anthropology and psychology point of view. It is intellectually stimulating. I hope that the editor will be more careful with regard to publishing materials from other authors - check evidence instead of one's claimed title.