Introduction: Madness and psychiatry in East Asian countries in the modern period

Akihito Suzuki*, Wen Ji Wang

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In the past decades, there has been an increasing scholarly interest in understanding the development of psychiatry and mental health in non-Western worlds in the modern period. Several collective efforts have been made on the East Asian part, and this special issue has selected the examples of the countries of China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Articles have utilized social and political constructions of psychiatric discourse, as well as the use of case files to research patients’ experiences in mental hospitals. Through these historiographies, connections and meanings of East Asian psychiatry are discussed in both global and local contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-262
Number of pages4
JournalHistory of Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2022


  • China
  • culture
  • diagnosis
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • mental hospital
  • patient
  • politics
  • profession
  • psychiatry
  • society
  • Taiwan


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