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My research has investigated Chinese youth who join self-help groups in order to become more confident and extroverted. I am currently studying Chinese therapeutic massage as site of knowledge production about children's psychosocial development.
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mental health/addiction, self-help/popular psychology, embodiment/mind-body
United States
East Asia
Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, Southern University of Science and Technology 南方科技大学
anthropology; youth; identity; social change; anxiety; mental health; epistemology; Chinese medicine
English, Hebrew, Chinese

Amir (韩泊明) received his PhD from the University of Chicago's Department of Comparative Human Development in 2017. He is currently a fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen, China. Amir currently serves as co-editor of the American Society for Psychological Anthropology's Newsletter and the SPA column in Anthropology News.

Amir's research has focused on young professionals in China who are studying public speaking and social skills. This work analyzes how Chinese young adults use self-help psychology as they adapt to rapid social change, and the role of a globalizing self-help in local cultural politics.

He is now beginning a project about therapeutic massage for children in China. This project will investigate the historical, technological, and ethical dimensions of parent’s anxieties about their children; it will also ask how various experts produce knowledge about children’s bodies, and about the connection between their physical, social, and psychological development.

2019 “Globalizing Personality: A View From China.” Handbook of Global Therapeutic Cultures. London: Routledge (forthcoming).

2017 “Equal Temperament: Autonomy and Identity in Chinese Public Speaking Clubs.” Ethos 45(4): 441-461.