What Makes Japanese People Tick: An Exploration of the Japanese Mindset
This seminar will survey various theories, which explain Japanese people’s personalities, psychology and behavior. It will also analyze contemporary mental health issues facing Japanese people. This will be an opportunity for non-Japanese to better understand the inscrutable Japanese, and for Japanese people to improve their understanding of their national psyche. The instructor is a sociologist from Japan who has published several books in English on the mindset of Japanese, including: Mental Health Problems Facing Japanese Society, published by Global Oriental, and Families Coping with Mental Illness: Stories from the U.S. and Japan, published by Routledge. The instructor is eager and willing to discuss any issues concerning Japanese mentality in which the students express interest.
Teacher: Dr. Yuko Kawanishi
Dr. Kawanishi’s work as a sociologist has focused on cross-cultural mental health issues. She is also a New York State-licensed Master Social Worker, specializing in mental health and psychotherapy. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Social Work (specializing in clinical mental health) from the City University of New York, Hunter College and is the author of 3 books and numerous articles on responses to mental illness, clinical depression, and US-Japan comparative perspectives on issues of mental health.