It’s Madness: The Politics of Mental Health in Colonial Korea

■ Humanities / It’s Madness: The Politics of Mental Health in Colonial Korea A Yonsei researcher explores how the mental illness was conceptualized and socially dealt and how it interacted with traditional beliefs about madness in Korea during Japanese colonialism. Mental illness remains one of the most elusive and neglected topics in Korean history. As in most Asian countries, severe social ostracism, shame, and fear of jeopardizing marriage prospects induce families to conceal the mentally ill behind closed doors. The tendency in contemporary Korean society to somatize symptoms as culture-bound maladies and association of disturbing behavior with spiritual and moral failings reveal resilient traditional views … Continue reading It’s Madness: The Politics of Mental Health in Colonial KoreaRead More →