Self-Orientalization in the East Asian Medical Community

Steve Jackowicz
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Abstract


Traditional medical practices have yielded to modern Western Allopathic Medicine in much of the world. However, Traditional East Asian Medicine (aka Traditional Chinese Medicine) which includes Acupuncture, Asian Herbalism, Asian Bodywork, and Meditative Breathing Practices (Taijiquan / Qigong) has grown in popularity around the world. In the United States, Traditional East Asian Medicine has entered mainstream culture, becoming licensed as a type of healthcare service. The development of this type of medicine in the United States began in the late nineteenth century with Asian immigration, but in the latter part of the twentieth century grew from a localized ethnic enclave based cultural practice into a larger social phenomenon reactive to socio cultural dynamics in the medical industrial complex. However, intrinsic in this rise and integration with majority culture has been the inculcation of Orientalized attitudinal poles that rely on stereotypical, trivialized, and racist interpretations of the very traditions that they seem to embrace. This paper examines the aspect of this Orientalizing process in the East Asian Medical community in the United States among immigrants, second generation, and non-Asian students and practitioners.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine, East Asian Medicine, Asian American studies, Medical anthropology, Orientalism

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Jackowicz, S. (2020). Self-Orientalization in the East Asian Medical Community. International Journal on Engineering, Science and Technology (IJonEST), 2(2), 34-40




DOI: https://doi.org/10.46328/ijonest.37

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