East Asian Pastoral Counseling
East Asia is one of the most populated regions in the world with 1.5 billion people, approximately 133 people per square kilometer or 22 % of all the people in the world. It has a history that reaches back thousands of years containing narratives of people surviving trauma after trauma drawing on available resources from rich cultural and religious heritages such as Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Ancestor Worship. While there are multiple worldviews that guide social relations, most have their roots in Chinese traditions. East Asia has also witnessed a drastic economic growth and permeating force of Western culture and ideology that changes family structure, social patterns, and the way of living. It is within this context that pastoral counseling in East Asia has to negotiate and find its place among the complexity of psychosocial, religious, philosophical, economic, and political world of East Asia.
Prior to the People’s Revolution in China, Western psychotherapy,...
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