|Educational qualification||M.D. National Taiwan University
Ph.D. Harvard University
Hsuan-Ying Huang is a medical anthropologist with a geographical focus on China and prior training in psychiatry. He obtained an M.D. from National Taiwan University in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University in 2013. Before taking up his post at Chinese University of Hong Kong at the end of 2015, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University. His research interests revolve around the development of modern psy-sciences (psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, etc.) in the context of cross-cultural transfer and rapid social change. Since 2008 he has been studying one local manifestation of this global trend—the rise of Western-style psychotherapy in urban China, known as the “psycho-boom” (xinli re). His research explores how this evolution—in both its professional and popular aspects—has taken shape under the confluence of technical, moral, and politico-economic forces; it also examines how individual and interpersonal experiences related to psychotherapy reflect its developments, as well as broader cultural and societal shifts. His articles have appeared in Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry; China Perspectives; and a number of edited volumes.
Medical and psychiatric anthropology, contemporary China, history of psychiatry, psychotherapy research, digital mental health, and mental health policy
Geographical areas of research
ANTH 2320/UGEC 2667 Culture and Mind
ANTH 2321/UGEC 2654 From Madness to Mental Health
ANTH 2340/UGEC 2960 Magic, Myth, and the Supernatural
ANTH 2410/UGEA 2180 Chinese Culture and Society
ANTH 3321/ANTH 5321 Culture, Psychiatry, and Mental Illness
ANTH 3440 Anthropological Field Study (Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Community Mental Health)
ANTH 4330/ANTH 5325 Medicine, Health, and Culture
Digital mental health in China (ECS scheme 2019-2020: When Psycho-Boom Meets Start Frenzy: An Ethnographic Study of the Psy-Startups in China)
(See https://cuhk.academia.edu/HsuanYingHuang for a complete list.)
Book chapters and journal articles
2019 “Mental Health.” In The Making of the Human Sciences in China: Historical and Conceptual Foundations, edited by Howard Chiang, 460-488. Leiden and Boston: Brill. (co-authored with Wang Wen-Ji)
2018 “Untamed Jianghu or Emerging Profession: Diagnosing the Psycho-Boom amid China’s Mental Health Legislation.” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 42 (2): 371-400.
2017 “Therapy Made Easy: E-Commerce and Infrastructure in China’s Psycho-Boom.” China Perspectives (2017/4): 29-38.
2015 “From Psychotherapy to Psycho-Boom: A Historical Overview of Psychotherapy in China.” Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in China 1 (1): 1-30.
2014 “The Emergence of the Psycho-Boom in Contemporary Urban China.” In Psychiatry and Chinese History, edited by Howard Chiang, 183-204. London: Pickering & Chatto.