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10/08/2016 at 00:19 #289Chan-Seung ChungKeymaster
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
HWAN-IL CHANG, M.D.
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