2016: Tainan, Taiwan: Mental Health Law and Social Security in East Asian

 15th EAACP Program


Theme: Mental Health Law and Social Security in East Asian

Venue: National Cheng Kung University Hospital, 138, Sheng Li Road, Tainan, Taiwan

Date:  September 23-25, 2016



Section I: Business Meeting and Welcome Dinner

September 23 (Friday) 18:00-21:00

Venue: Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan

89 Section West, University Road, Tainan, 70146, Taiwan



Time Topic Co-Chairman
18:00 – 19:00 Business Meeting

Prof. Hwu’s address in memory of Prof. Rin.

Prof. Hwu, Hai-Gwo

Prof. Rhi, Bou-Yong

19:00 – 21:00 Reception Dinner




Section II: Lectures and Discussions

Date: September 24 (Saturday) 09:00-20:00

Venue: 4F Meeting Room, Cheng-Hsing Campus,

College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan


Time Topic Speaker Co-Chairman
09:00 – 09:10 Opening and Presidential Address
09:10 – 10:00 Invited Lecture:

Paradigm Shift: Social Security or Patient’s Rights.

Prof. Soong, Wei-Tsuen Prof. Kanba, Shigenobu.

Prof. Park, Yong-Chon

10:00 – 10:20 Discussion All Members Prof. Chang, Hwan-Il

Prof. Wu, Kevin Chien-Chang

10:20 – 10:40 Coffee Break
10:40 – 11:30 Japanese Culture, social events and mental  health laws: My personal observation/Japan Prof. Shinfuku, Naotaka Prof. Kim, Hyun- Woo

Prof. Soong, Wei-Tsuen

11:30 – 11:50 Formal Discussion Prof. Yang, Yen-Kuang Prof. Lee, Nami

Prof. Gau, Susan Shur-Fen

11:50 – 12:50 General Discussion All Members Prof. Yang, Ming-Zen

Prof. Kato, Takahiro

12:50 – 14:30 Luncheon
14:30 – 15:20 People’s attitudes towards and trend of compulsory psychiatric admission in Taiwan: Implications for future revisions of Taiwan Mental Health Act /Taiwan Prof. Wu, Kevin Chien-Chang Prof. Shinfuku, Naotaka
15:20 – 15:40 Formal Discussion Prof. Chung, Chan-Seung Prof. Kitanishi, Kenji

Prof. Park, Hanson

15:40 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00 General Discussion All Members Prof. Rhi, Bou-Yong

Prof. Yang, Yen-Kuang

18:00 – 20:00 Banquet (A-Sha restaurant)


Section III: Lectures and Discussions

Date: September 25 (Sunday) 09:30-12:00

Venue: College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan


Time Topic Speaker Chairman
9:30 – 10:20 Mental Health Law and Social Security of Korea/Korea Prof. Wang, Sheng-Min Prof. Hwu, Hai-Gwo

Prof. Chung,Chan-Seung

10:20 – 10:40 Formal Discussion Prof. Kitanishi, Kenji,

Prof. Shinfuku, Naotaka

Prof. Lai, Te-Jen

Prof. Jun, Jin-Yong

10:40 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00 Discussion All Members Prof. Kitanishi, Kenji

Prof. Wang, Sheng-Min

12:00 – 12:15 Closing Address (President elect/Korea) Prof. Rhi, Bou-Yong
12:15 – 13:30 Luncheon
13:30 – 17:30 Tour of Tainan

Program Download: 2016-eaacp_program20160923_final

Closing Address of 15th EAACP

Dear colleagues of Taiwan, Japan and Korea

It is a great honour for me to have the role of closing the fifteenth symposium of EAACP. Above all I like to express my deep gratitude to Taiwan members for holding the symposium successfully.

We had very valuable meeting again in lovely place Tainan. This is the 15th symposium of EAACP. As we know EAACP symposium has been held biennially in three countries alternatively. And so we have had already 30 years history since foundation. For 30 years we have discussed various topics and exchanged knowledge and research skills in the area of culture and mental health between three East Asian countries.

I like to review the history of EAACP briefly, remembering the early days of foundation. Initial efforts for founding cultural psychiatry meeting was started in the middle of 1980’s by collaboration of Professor Bou-Yong Rhi of Korea and Dr. Kyoichi Kondo of Japan. And the first symposium was held on Feb. 3, 1987 in Seoul. And since beginning Dr. Kenji Kitanishi and me had been secretaries of both countries for about as many as 25 years.

And 4 years later Taiwan members joined in this meeting ; Professor Hsien Rin as President and Professor Hai-Gwo Hwu as Taiwan secretary.

Since the beginning EAACP has been managed as a unique system of closed type symposium, and played an important role in the area of cultural psychiatry in three Asian countries.

Although many of original members had resigned from our meeting, through 15 times of symposium for 30 years, we have had valuable accumulation of knowledge, skills and interactions in culture and mental health of three countries.

Culture is a vast and complex concept that is used to encompass the behavior patterns and life style in a society. Culture consists of shared symbols, artifacts, beliefs, values, and attitudes. But no pure cultures exist. Societies are not static. Access to various medias, easy travel and geopolitical changes has resulted in much cultural blending. Undoubtedly our East Asian countries are no exception. Our three countries have common denominator in cultural aspects; the influence of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and so many other oriental traditions. But also we have many different sociocultural details in each three countries influencing mental health problems. Through 15 times of symposium for 30 years we have discussed and shared knowledges concerning both common and uncommon cultural factors in relation with mental health aspects. Our such an effort will be expected to be continued for long time in the future.

It is not easy to say how long EAACP will last in the future. But I hope as far as EAACP continue, EAACP will be an important source of exchanging knowledge and academic data in the area of culture and mental health.

Again I wish to offer my deepest appreciation to Taiwan members and beautiful city Tainan. We will remember the hospitality and fellowship you have extended during our stay in Tainan. Tainan meeting was more than exchange of academic knowledge.

As I close this meeting, I wish all of you good luck and we will meet again in Korea for the 16th symposium 2 years later.

Thank you so much.


September 25, 2016