Traumatic Pasts in Asia: History, Psychiatry, and Trauma from the 1930s to the Present

AHP readers may be interested in a new book edited by Mark S. Micale and Hans Pols: Traumatic Pasts in Asia: History, Psychiatry, and Trauma from the 1930s to the Present. The book is described as follows:

In the early twenty-first century, trauma is seemingly everywhere, whether as experience, diagnosis, concept, or buzzword. Yet even as many scholars consider trauma to be constitutive of psychological modernity or the post-Enlightenment human condition, historical research on the topic has overwhelmingly focused on cases, such as World War I or the Holocaust, in which Western experiences and actors are foregrounded. There remains an urgent need to incorporate the methods and insights of recent historical trauma research into a truly global perspective. The chapters in Traumatic Pasts in Asia make just such an intervention, extending Euro-American paradigms of traumatic experience to new sites of world-historical suffering and, in the process, exploring how these new domains of research inform and enrich earlier scholarship.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgements

Introduction: History, Trauma, and Asia
Hans Pols and Mark S. Micale

Chapter 1. Tropical Stupor? An Investigation into Patients Affected by Earthquakes and Tropical Weather in Colonial Taiwan
Harry Yi?Jui Wu

Chapter 2. Male Hysteria in Modern Japan: Trauma, Masculinity, and Military Psychiatry during the Asia-Pacific War
Eri Nakamura

Chapter 3. Atomic Trauma: Japanese Psychiatry in Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Ran Zwigenberg

Chapter 4. “Yankee Style Trauma”: The Korean War and the Americanization of Psychiatry in the Republic of Korea
Jennifer Yum Park

Chapter 5. “No PTSD in Vietnam”: Psychological Trauma, Psychic Shock, and the Biology of War Suffering in the Context of the American War
Narquis Barak

Chapter 6. Psychological Trauma and Suffering in Long Distance Friendships Involving Political Prisoners in Indonesia
Vannessa Hearman

Chapter 7. Haunting and Recovery in Post–Khmer Rouge Cambodia
Caroline Bennett

Chapter 8. A Field of Happiness: Space, Trauma, and Dealing with Existential Precarity among China’s Sent-Down Youth
Hua Wu

Chapter 9. Performing Songs as Healing the Trauma of the 1965 Anti-Communist Killings in Indonesia
Dyah Pitaloka and Mohan J. Dutta

Chapter 10. Healing Our Sacrifice: Trauma and Translation in the Burmese Democracy Movement
Seinenu M. Thein-Lemelson

Chapter 11. Beyond PTSD: Politics of Visibility in a Kashmiri Clinic
Saiba Varma

Chapter 12. War Memorials: Materializing Traumatic Pasts and Constructing Memories of the Asia-Pacific War
Maki Kimura

Afterword: Traumatic Pasts, Haunting Futures
Byron J. Good

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.